HM-15 Once a Blackhawk always a Blackhawk


Commander James D. Bahr, USN 


     CDR Bahr originally from Dolgeville, New York, enlisted in the Navy in 1991.  He completed both Recruit Training and Nuclear Field Machinist's Mate "A" School at Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida.  He then received a Congressional nomination to USNA and graduated in May 1996.  CDR Bahr was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1998 and was ordered to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) in Corpus Christi, Texas.

     In February 2002, CDR Bahr transferred to Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS) in Norfolk, Virginia, as a Fleet Replacement Instructor pilot in the MH-53E helicopter.  After completing his tour at AWSTS, CDR Bahr was ordered to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) to implement the MH-53E community's newly developed Air Combat Training Continuum (ACTC) Program.

     While at HM-14, CDR Bahr was assigned as the Weapons and Tactics Instructor, NATOPS Officer, Pilot and Aircrew Training Officer, and Functional Check Flight Program Manager.

     In the summer of 2006, CDR Bahr departed HM-14 for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned his Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in June 2007.  CDR Bahr then returned to HM-15 in Corpus Christi for his Aviation Department Head tour and served as the Training Department Head, Detachment Officer-In-Charge (Bahrain), Mine Countermeasures Systems Maintenance Officer and, Aircraft Maintenance Officer until November 2009. 

     CDR Bahr reported to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in December 2009 as Assistant Program Manager, Systems Engineering for the Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261).  While at NAVAIR, he earned his Level III Acquisitions Certification in the Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering career field.  Upon detaching NAVAIR in September 2011, CDR Bahr reported to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain, as the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Liaison Officer to FIFTH Fleet. 

     CDR Bahr assumed the duties as Executive Officer HM-14, from May 2012 to August 2012, before being operationally reassigned to HM-15.  His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), as well as numerous unit and campaign awards.

     CDR Bahr and his family reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.  He and his wife Stephanie have two children, Katelyn and Colin.