Commander Ty C. Jurica
HELICOPTER MINE COUNTERMEASURES SQUADRON FIFTEEN
A native of Houston Texas, Commander Jurica enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1989. Upon completion of Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California, he reported to NATTC Millington, Tennessee, where he was enrolled in AMS “A” school with follow-on orders to Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. Upon completion of aircrew candidate school, he reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE (HM-12) for fleet replacement aircrew training in the MH-53E Helicopter.
In August 1990, he reported Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15), in Alameda, California, where he made deployments onboard, USS Comstock, USS Denver and USS Tripoli. During this tour he earned his Naval Aircrewman wings and designation as AMCM 1st Crewman and FCF Crewman.
Upon completion of his first sea tour, he reported in December 1993 to Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8) Milton, Florida, where he served as a TH-57B/C Aircrew NATOPS Instructor and attended Troy State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1996.
Commander Jurica returned to HM-15, in Corpus Christi, Texas where he deployed onboard USS Inchon for Euro 97 and again for Euro 99 in support of Operation Provide Comfort in Kosovo. In 1999, CDR Jurica was accepted to Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and commissioned as Ensign in November 1999.
After completing flight school and being designated as a Naval Aviator in August 2001, he reported to Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS) for initial pilot training in the MH-53E. In June 2002 he returned to HM-15, where he qualified as a Functional Check Pilot and AMCM Instructor Pilot. During this tour he deployed to the FIFTH Fleet AOR in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom onboard USS Cleveland and then again in 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In July 2005, CDR Jurica reported to the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in Corpus Christi, TX and served as the AMCM and LCS Requirements Officer. He completed three deployments to the SEVENTH Fleet AOR on USS Blue Ridge and USS Kitty Hawk.
In May 2008, he reported to Commander US Naval Forces Central Command and served as a Battle Watch Captain and Crisis Response Team Leader. In this capacity he coordinated the recovery of the ship Maersk Alabama’s Captain after he had been taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
In 2010 CDR Jurica graduated from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell, AFB earning a Master of Science degree in National Security.
In Dec 2010, he once again reported to HM-15 in Norfolk, Virginia where he completed two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He served as the Operations Officer and the Officer in Charge of HM-15 Det 2 in Bahrain from March 2011 – Dec 2011.
Upon completion of his Department Head tour, Commander Jurica reported to NATO’s Joint Force Command North in Brunssum, Netherlands assigned to the J-7 directorate. During this tour he deployed to Bahrain for Operation Ocean Shield as the Chief ACE as well as deployments to Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and Spain in support of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and numerous campaign and unit awards.