Luke Mixon graduated from the Naval Academy in 2001, three months prior to 9/11, which would determine the course of his military career.
He earned Navy Wings of Gold in 2004 and became a fighter pilot. He was chosen to fly the F/A-18 Hornet, which he would pilot for the next 17 years, accumulating over 3000 flight hours. He completed four deployments from aircraft carriers in support of missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, where he earned three Air Medals.
Along the way, he completed another lifelong dream when he graduated from the Navy’s prestigious Strike Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN. And in 2012, he was recognized as the Navy’s F/A-18 Attack Aviator of the Year. His service was completed in the Navy Reserves, where he served as the Commanding Officer of VFA-204, the Navy’s F/A-18 squadron based in New Orleans, LA.