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 AG and their callsign is "Winder". The Sidewinders are attached to Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW-7), a composite unit made up of a wide array of aircraft performing a variety of combat and support missions that deploy aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).

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- AMC(AW) Romel Orozco

Senior Sailor of the Year -

Sailor of the Year - AO2(AW) Hunter McCallister

Junior Sailor of the Year - AZ3(AW) Jordan Funches

Blue Jacket of the Year - AOAN(AW) Dominique Asbury

Plane Captain of the Year - AN(AW) Kevin Persaud


WHEN DIPLOMACY FAILS...EIGHTY SIX EM


2016 Battle E Winner


2016 RADM C. Wade McClusky Award Winner