Captain Robert Aguilar
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)
Captain Aguilar graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. He was commissioned in July 1992 and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1995. In September 1995, he reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN for flight training in SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk.
His first sea duty assignment was Helicopter Anti- Submarine Squadron FOURTEEN in Atsugi, Japan, from September 1996 to December 1999. Serving as the Legal Officer, Aircraft, and Quality Assurance Division Officer, he embarked upon USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) with carrier Air Wing FIVE completing one WESTPAC and two deployments to the Persian Gulf.
Following his initial sea tour, Aguilar was assigned to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, Nevada, in January 2000 as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor pilot for the SH-60F/HH-60H. He instructed Air Wing Combat Search and Rescue events, the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Helicopter High Altitude Mountain Flying, and the strike Lead Attack Training Syllabus. In July 2002, he reported to the Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN staff and served as the Combat Search and Rescue, Special Operations, and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. During this tour, he accomplished his third deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).
Aguilar’s next assignment was to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN assigned to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN in October 2003, where he served as the tactics and Maintenance Department Head. He deployed aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67), completing his fourth deployment to the Persian Gulf. In August 2005, he participated in Joint Task Force Katrina providing humanitarian assistance to the citizens of New Orleans.
Aguilar attended the College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. After War College, he attended the Joint Forces Staff College, completing Phase II of his Joint Professional Military Education. In December 2006, he reported for joint duty at the Missile Defense Agency in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as the Chief of War Games until October 2008.
In August 2010, Aguilar became the Commanding Officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOUR (HS-4). During his seventh deployment, he led HS-4 through a WESTPAC, which included humanitarian assistance operations as part of Operation TOMODACHI in Japan, anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Oman, and Maritime Security Operations in the Gulf of Aden. While in HS-4, he completed his sixth deployment to the Persian Gulf. Under his leadership, HS-4 flew more than 3,750 mishap-free hours.
Captain Aguilar has accumulated more than 3,000 hours in the H-60. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Medal (two), Humanitarian Service Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.