Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Seven
Commander Steve Minihane is from Boonton, NJ and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1998, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He reported to flight school and earned his wings in June 2000.
Upon completion of the H-46 Fleet Replacement Squadron in September 2001, CDR Minihane reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6) for his initial sea tour. He deployed twice in support of amphibious and supply operations in the SECOND, SIXTH and FIFTH Fleet AORs. After his second deployment, CDR Minihane qualified as one of the communitys initial Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructors (SWTI).
In March 2005, CDR Minihane helped commission Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWSL) where he served as the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Program (SWTP) Coordinator, Training Officer and Administrative Officer. Additionally, he spearheaded the creation of the SWTP ground school courses. While teaching at the Weapons School, he completed an Executive Masters in Business Administration through the Naval Post Graduate School.
From July 2007 to September 2008, CDR Minihane served as flag aide to the Chief of Naval Operations, Director of Air Warfare (OPNAV N88) and deputy executive assistant to the Director of Warfare Integration (OPNAV N8F) in the Pentagon.
In January 2009, after refresher training, CDR Minihane reported to his department head tour at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO THREE (HSC-23). He deployed as a helicopter detachment Officer in Charge onboard the USNS BRIDGE (T-AOE 10) supporting the USS NIMITZ Strike Group (CCSG-11) in the THIRD, SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet AORs. Additionally, he served as the HSC-23 Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and the Training and Tactics Officer.
In November 2011 he reported to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, and was assigned to the Joint Operations Directorate (J3) as the Aviation Homeland Defense action officer supporting the NORAD and NORTHCOM AORs. CDR Minihane assumed duties as Commanding Officer onboard Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN (HSC-7) in April 2016.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), and numerous unit, campaign and service awards.