About the Sidewinders

Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SIX (VFA-86) also known as the "Sidewinders" is a United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet squadron based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. Their tail code is AC and their callsign is "Winder". The Sidewinders are attached to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3), a composite unit made up of a wide array of aircraft performing a variety of combat and support missions that deploy aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).

If you have orders to the Sidewinders and are looking for information on how to make your transition as smooth as possible, please visit our "Welcome Aboard" page. Don't forget to get in contact with our command sponsor coordinator so we may put you in contact with your sponsor.

Sidewinder of the Year Awardees

Chief of the Year- AMCS(AW/SW) Evangelista

Senior Sailor of the Year - NC1(AW/SW) Enright

Sailor of the Year - AD2(AW) Rosalesvillareal

Junior Sailor of the Year - AM2(AW) Nelson

Blue Jacket of the Year - AO2(AW) Raulerson

Plane Captain of the Year - AE2(AW) Farley


2016 Battle E Winner

2016 RADM C. Wade McClusky Award Winner