Commanding Officer HSM 71

CDR Ryan Tewell

Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief

Commanding Officer

Commander Ryan Tewell of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, New Providence, New Jersey, and Houston, Texas graduated as a Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1996.

After commissioning, he worked as a Fellow with the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, conducting research on the Navy’s Trident missile guidance system.  In conjunction with this fellowship, he completed a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University in 1998.  He commenced flight training following his fellowship, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2000.

Following Fleet Replacement training in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, he reported to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 46 (HSL-46) in Mayport, Florida. During his tour with the Grandmasters, CDR Tewell made deployments to the Baltic Sea, Eastern Pacific, Caribbean, and Arabian Gulf onboard USS ANZIO (CG 68), USS DOYLE (FFG 39), and USS CARR (FFG 52).  While assigned to HSL-46, he served as Detachment Operations Officer, Detachment Maintenance Officer, and was recognized as COMHSMWINGLANT Pilot of the Year in 2003.

Following his tour with the Grandmasters, he reported to the Pioneers of VX-1, as an H-60 Operational Test Director.  Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 2005 he joined the Navy’s rotary wing test squadron, HX-21, where he served as the Platform Coordinator for the MH-60R Seahawk. 

He later reported to the Raptors of HSM-71 as a Plankowner in October 2006, where he served as the Squadron Training Officer and Operations Officer.  During his tenure the Raptors deployed on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) as part of Carrier Strike Group THREE, completing the first MH-60R deployment in 2009.

In November 2009, he was assigned to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as the European, African, and United Nations Policy Analyst, and coordinated interagency development of the 2010 and 2011 National Drug Control Strategies.  CDR Tewell reported to HSM-71 in November 2012 as the Executive Officer and then became HSM-71’s sixth Commanding Officer in February 2014.

CDR Tewell has accumulated over 2,159 total flight hours.  His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign decorations.