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Commander, Naval Air Forces > HELMARSTRIKERON SEVEN ZERO > CO

    Commander Matt Schnappauf 

      Commanding Officer, HSM-70

Commander Schnappauf is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and he holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Naval War College in Newport RI.

Upon commissioning, he reported to flight school in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1998. Commander Schnappauf then reported to HSL-40 for training as a Fleet Replacement Pilot in June 1998, where he received the HSL-40 "Seahawk" award for excellence in flight and graduated first in his class.

His operational flying assignments include tours in both HSL-44 and HSL-46, where he deployed in USS JOHN HANCOCK, USS NICHOLSON, and USS PHILIPPINE SEA. During those tours, he flew in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, including missions flown during the initial response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He served as the HSL-46 Maintenance Officer from September 2008 to October 2009, when the squadron was awarded the Battle "E", Sikorsky "Golden Wrench" and Safety "S".

Ashore, Commander Schnappauf reported to the Navy's Office of Legislative Executive Affairs, Senate Liaison, in June 2002. He served as Deputy Executive Assistant and Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from October 2004 to July 2005 and Aide to the Commander, U.S. Pacific fleet from July 2005 to October 2005. He served as the HSL-40 Training Department Head from October 2005 to March 2007. He reported to the Naval Personnel Command as the HSM/CNAF/CNAL Placement Officer in November 2009. His previous assignment was as Executive Officer of HSM-40. He has over 2600 total flight hours.

Commander Schnappauf's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards.