Chris Conlon, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
Commander Chris Conlon, a native of Manchester, Massachusetts, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996 and received his Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008. He received his commission upon completion of Naval Officer Candidate School in September 1999 and was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2001.
Commander Conlon’s sea assignments include deployments with the HSL-49 Scorpions from April 2002 - April 2005 in support of RIMPAC 2002 aboard USS LASSEN (DDG 82), Operation IRAQI FREEDOM aboard USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60), and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILLIPINES aboard USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG 85). From March 2008 - March 2010, he served with Commander, CARRIER STRIKE GROUP SEVEN as the Strike Officer, deploying twice aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In August 2010 - December 2013, Commander Conlon served with the HSL-42, Proud Warriors, for his Department Head tour, initially as the Squadron Training Officer and Detachment TEN Officer-in-Charge, deploying in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95). Following deployment, Commander Conlon served as Squadron Maintenance Officer during the squadron’s transition from the SH-60B to the MH-60R and re-designation as HSM-72. He was awarded the 2013 HSM-72 Officer of the Year and the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Rear Admiral Allan G. Paulsen Officer Leadership Award.
Ashore, Commander Conlon served with the VX-1 Pioneers from May 2005 – March 2008 where he was the squadron’s assistant training officer and MH-60S Operational Test Director, responsible for the planning and execution of the operational testing of the MH-60S Pre-Planned Product Improvement upgrades in combination with the MH-60R. From December 2013 – December 2015, Commander Conlon served with the United States European Command in the Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4)/Cyber Directorate (J6) initially as a C4/Cyber Operational Planner and subsequently as the Executive Assistant to the Director.
Commander Conlon has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.