He previously served as a Naval Air Force commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet evaluator at VAW-110, a Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization officer, OPNAV N2/N6F2 director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities division.
Since earning his wings of gold at Meridian, Miss., in September 1984, Klunder has completed flying tours in California, Maryland and Japan.
Klunder is the recipient of the 1988 Hawkeye of the Year award, the 1991 Test Pilot of the Year award, the 2002 George C. Marshall Statesman award, four Legion of Merit, two Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two meritorious service medals, two Joint Commendation medal, four Navy and Marine Corps commendation medals and other unit and campaign awards.
A 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Klunder has a master’s degree in aerodynamics and aviation systems from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the National War College.