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Commanding Officer of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) 

Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle


A native of Cranston, R.I., Capt. Loiselle graduated from Assumption College in 1988 with a degree in Mathematics. He was commissioned through the NROTC program at Holy Cross. He earned his Wings of Gold in January, 1991.

After training in the F-14B, his first assignment was with VF-142 where he made the maiden deployment of USS George Washington (CVN 73). After training in the FA-18C, he reported to VX-9 in China Lake, Calif., where he served as the Foreign Material Exploitation Branch Head. Capt. Loiselle completed his department head tour with VFA-195 in Atsugi, Japan in 1998, where he deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). In 2001, he reported to VFA-125 in Lemoore, Calif., and served as both the Training Officer and Executive Officer.

While attached there, he earned an EMBA through the Naval Postgraduate School and a Financial Management subspecialty. Capt. Loiselle reported as executive officer of VFA-146 in 2004 and took command in 2005. He deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He was subsequently selected for Aviation Nuclear Power. After graduating with honors, he reported aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as executive officer in 2008 and immediately deployed, after which, the ship entered Refueling Complex Overhaul.

Subsequent to this tour, he was assigned to U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., which subsequently became the J31 on the Joint Staff. He served as the Division Chief for Global Force Management. He took command of USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) in 2012 and deployed to CENTCOM.

Capt. Loiselle has accumulated over 3,400 mishapfree flight hours and has more than 850 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals (1 with Combat V) and numerous unit and campaign citations.


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 Executive Officer of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)

Capt. Matthew Paradise

Capt. Matthew Paradise enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and attended Basic Underwater Demolition School class 138. Upon successful completion, he was assigned to Seal Team TWO where he made deployments to Northern Europe as a mountain and arctic warfare specialist. During his tenure at Seal Team TWO, he earned instructor qualifications in Combat Swimming and Mountain and Arctic Warfare.  In 1989, Paradise was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the University of Washington earning a degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission in August 1992.

He attended primary flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, and advanced flight training in Kingsville, Texas, earning his wings in July 1995. One year later, he completed initial training in the F/A-18 and was assigned to VFA-22. During his tenure, he made two Western Pacific deployments and participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and DESERT FOX. He was selected to attend USN Test Pilot School, graduated with class 117 and was assigned to VX-23 in the Carrier Suitability department. While at VX-23, Capt. Paradise was both Project Officer and Project Pilot for numerous programs including Joint Precision Approach Landing System, and F/A-18 E/F degraded flight control carrier suitability testing. While at VX-23, he earned his MS in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. In January 2003, he was assigned as Air Wing landing signals officer for CVW-5 on the USS KITTY HAWK and flew flights in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  In October 2004, he was assigned to VFA-192 as a department head. During his tenure at VFA-192, the squadron was awarded numerous accolades including two Safety “S” awards and the Department of the Navy award for Safety Excellence. In November 2006, he served his joint tour as Maritime Communications System Manager for NATO Communications Service Agency in Mons, Belgium. He then reported to VFA-34 as the executive officer and assumed command in May 2010, deploying aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In January 2012, he reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in preparation for his assignment as Executive Officer aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).

Paradise’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Service medal, five Air medals including two with combat “V”, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal and various campaign and unit citations. He has accumulated over 3000 tactical jet flight hours and 900 carrier landings.


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 Command Master Chief of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)

Command Master Chief (AW/SW/IDW/EXW/PJ)
David B. Carter


Born in Orange, California and raised in New England and Florida, Master Chief Carter graduated from Vero Beach High School in June 1986. As a high-school senior, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reported for recruit training in San Diego, California, following his high school graduation.  

Master Chief Carter completed Data Systems Technician Class 'A' and 'C' schools before rporting to his first ship, the USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) at Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the Data Display Work Center Supervisor. His subsequent sea and overseas duty assignments include: Patrol Wings Pacific Detachment Adak, Alaska as Maintenance Department LPO; Plankowner of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) as a Division LPO/LCPO and 1999 Sailor of the Year; SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO as the Tech Support Division Officer, MWR Officer and Command Fitness Leader; Naval Special Warfare Development Group as the Electronics Material Officer; and USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as a Division LCPO. Deployments include service in the Arabian Gulf, Carribean, Western Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Afghanistan.

His shore duty assignment was at the Naval Inventory Control Point Philadelphia where he served as the Maintenance LPO and an Installer/Trainer for the Streamlined Automated Logistics Transmission System (SALTS) Project. While assigned to the NAVICP, he deployed to Bosnia and the Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Endeavour and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Refugee Crisis. He was also selected as NAVICP's 1995 Sailor of the Year.

Selected for the Command Senior Chief Program in January 2007, he was subsequently advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer prior to reporting in to his first command billet at Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron TWO. A Plankowner of MCAS-2, he was instrumental in establishing Civil Affairs in the Navy. Hand-picked to fill a vacant billet, Master Chief Carter reported to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) at Little Creek, Virginia in September 2008 where he oversaw the execution of the Navy's Individual Augmentee Program. In December 2010, he reported to Naval Station Norfolk where he served as the Command Master Chief for the world's largest and most operationally intensive naval station.

In June 2013, Master Chief Carter reported to his present assignment as the Command Master Chief for the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77).

Along with the multiple unit and campaign awards, Master Chief Carter's personal awards include; the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist and Small Craft Officer in Charge and designated as a Naval Parachutist.

Master Chief Carter holds an Associate of Science degree in Electronics Technology from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Excelsior College. He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 124 Blue), Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 38), Shore Station Senior Leadership Course (Class 1102), and the KEYSTONE Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course (Class 09-1)