Commander Daryl E. Trent
United States Navy
Commander Trent enlisted in the Navy from Richmond, VA in January 1988. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Great Lakes, IL, he attended Operations Specialist "A" School at Dam Neck, VA and was assigned to the USS SCOTT (DDG 995) in Philadelphia, PA. In 1990 he completed a Mediterranean / Red Sea deployment in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD.
In late 1990, CDR Trent transferred to Fleet Training Unit, Atlantic, where he was assigned as an Anti-Air Warfare Instructor, earning his Master Training Specialist designation. In 1993 he was assigned to the USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) and completed two Mediterranean deployments in support of Operations DESERT STORM, SHARP GUARD, and DENY FLIGHT in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 1995 he was assigned to Tactical Training Group Atlantic and subsequently selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program, where he was assigned to the Hampton Roads NROTC consortium, completed a Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University, and was commissioned an Ensign in December 1997.
After completing primary and intermediate training as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in Pensacola, FL, he transferred to Chambers Field in Norfolk, VA. for advanced training in the E-2C Hawkeye, where he earned his "Wings of Gold" in October 1999. In March 2000, CDR Trent reported to the "Seahawks" of VAW-126 onboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). He served as Legal Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and NFO NATOPS Officer. In December 2001, he graduated from the U. S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at NAS Fallon, NV and was the 2002 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Hawkeye NFO of the Year (Sea). He completed two Mediterranean / Arabian Gulf deployments in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and flew combat missions during the initial air strikes of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in the last squadron to deploy with E-2C Group Zero aircraft.
In 2003 CDR Trent joined the Weapons and Tactics Unit (Atlantic), was designated a Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI), and was the Hawkeye Advanced Readiness Program Director. During this assigment he was selected as the 2005 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing Hawkeye NFO of the Year (Shore).
In 2005, following refresher training at VAW-120 in Norfolk, VA, CDR Trent reported to VAW-123. In his CAT 1A/WTI tour as a "Screwtop", he deployed onboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2006 CDR Trent was assigned to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN as the VAW-VRC Assignment Officer until November 2008. While serving as the community detailer, CDR Trent earned his Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.
In April 2009, CDR Trent reported to the "Bear Aces" of VAW-124 for his department head tour onboard the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77), where he held the jobs of Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. He participated in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE while on detachment in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
In April 2011, CDR Trent reported to the "Greyhawks" of VAW-120, the E-2/C-2 fleet replacement squadron, where he served as the Executive Officer.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit, campaign, and service awards.