HM-15 Once a Blackhawk always a Blackhawk

Commander, Naval Air Forces > HELMINERON FIFTEEN (HM15) > Commanding Officer



     CDR Gendron was born in Landstuhl, Germany and grew up in Skandia, Michigan, graduated from Ferris State University and Northwestern Michigan College in 1995 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration and an Associate's of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. He was commissioned as an Ensign in August of 1997 after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2000.

     Following initial Fleet Replacement Pilot training in the MH-53E helicopter, CDR Gendron reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) in Corpus Christi, Texas where he served as Legal Officer, Flight Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer and Qualified as Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Mission Commander, Functional Check Pilot, Day/Night Deck Landing Qualification Instructor, and Assistant NATOPS Instructor in the MH-53E helicopter. During this period he deployed onboard USS INCHON during WESTPAC01, and to the CENTCOM U.S. Central Command in support of Naval and Coalition Forces during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

     In February of 2004 Commander Gendron reported to Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS) where he served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) MH-53E flight instructor and was designated an MH-53E Sea Dragon Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Additionally, CDR Gendron received Night Vision Device (NVD) from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772 and was designated as one of the first MH-53E Night Vision Device (NVD) Instructors. After successfully completing training he deployed to El Centro, California to train HC-4 aircrews in preparation for desert combat support operations in the FIFTH Fleet.

     CDR Gendron attended Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island from 2007 to 2008 completing Joint Professional Military Education (Phase 1) and earning a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.CDR Gendron reported back to HM-15 in July 2008 for his Aviation Department Head tour serving as Administration Officer, Officer in Charge (DET TWO Bahrain) Operations Officer, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer.

     In January 2011, CDR Gendron reported to Navy Expeditionary Warfare (OPNAV N95) in Washington D.C. as the AMCM Requirements Officer where he diligently oversaw all AMCM programs to include sustainment of the entire in-service AMCM community. CDR Gendron assumed the duties as Executive Officer of HM-15 in May 2013. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various other campaign awards and unit commendations.

     CDR Gendron and his wife currently reside in Chesapeake, Virginia with their son.