A native of King William, Virginia, Commander Dartez graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001, earning two Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, as well as minor in Leadership Studies through the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. CDR Dartez was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in June 2001. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in January 2004. In February 2004, CDR Dartez reported to the VFA 125 "Rough Raiders" for initial fleet training as a F/A-18 Hornet aviator.
CDR Dartez began his operational flying in January 2005 with the "Sidewinders" of VFA 86. While a "Sidewinder," he made two deployments aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), participating in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During this tour, CDR Dartez was recognized as VFA-86 pilot of the year and began his path towards becoming a Landing Signals Officer.
Following his first operational tour, CDR Dartez reported back to VFA-125 "Rough Raiders" as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor in March 2008. While a "Rough Raider," CDR Dartez instructed every phase of strike fighter training and earned his Landing Signal Officer Training Qualification. CDR Dartez also served as the F/A-18 A-D Hornet NATOPS Model Manager for the fleet, and performed for the F/A-18C Tactical Demonstration Team.
CDR Dartez returned to the fleet as Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN Staff Landing Signal Officer in October 2010. While serving as the Staff Landing Signal Officer for Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN, he made two deployments aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), participating in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Operation NEW DAWN. While assigned to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN, CDR Dartez was selected as the 2011 CDR "Bug" Roach Landing Signal Officer of the Year.
CDR Dartez reported to VFA-83, the "Rampagers" for his Department Head tour in January 2013. As a "Rampager" he completed one deployment aboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While serving in VFA-83, he held the position of Administration, Safety, Maintenance, and Operations Officer.
Following his Department Head tour, CDR Dartez reported to the United States Naval War College in November 2015. CDR Dartez earned the degree of Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies in November 2016. While attending the Naval War College, CDR Dartez volunteered as a Youth Soccer and Little League T-ball Coach.
CDR Navy has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours in 5 aircraft and 525 carrier arrested landings, including 70 combat missions. His awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various service awards and ribbons.