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DEPUTY COMMANDER

Jeffrey A. Melody

Captain, United States Navy


Captain Jeffrey A. Melody, a native of Youngstown, Ohio graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering in 1996 and holds a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. 
 
Following commissioning, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for aviation training and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1998.  Captain Melody’s sea assignments include an initial operational assignment at HSL-45, where he received the NHA embarked Aircrew of the Year award.  Next, he reported to the Air Department on USS TARAWA (LHA 1), serving as the V4 Fuels and V3 Hangar Divisions Officer, and the Aircraft Handling Officer.  Captain Melody reported to HSL-47 attached to Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW 2) in June 2007, serving as the Squadron Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Safety Officer and Detachment Officer-in-Charge as the squadron transitioned to Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM-77); the first operational squadron to fly the MH-60R Seahawk and integrate with a Carrier Air Wing. 
 
Captain Melody reported in 2013 to HSM-75 Wolf Pack, assigned to CVW 11, as the Executive Officer and assumed command in December 2014.  During his command tour, the Wolf Pack flew 5,096 mishap free flight hours and executed operations in the Third and Seventh Fleet area of operations. 
 
            Ashore, Captain Melody was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a Physical Education Instructor and Departmental Facilities Manager.  Prior to command, Captain Melody transferred to the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, where he served in several billets in the J3 Directorate and as the Executive Officer to the USAFRICOM Chief of Staff.  His most recent assignment was to the Joint Staff J5-Directorate for Joint Strategic Plans and Policy. As a Branch Chief in the War Plans Division, he managed the Posture of the Joint Force across the globe.  He also had an assignment as the Maintenance Officer of HSM-41, the U.S. Navy’s West Coast MH-60R training squadron.
 
Captain Melody’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various unit commendations and service/campaign awards.