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Commander Bernard Vincent Spozio
U.S. Navy

Prospective Executive Officer


CDR Bernard (Vince) Spozio is a native of Shippenville, Pennsylvania.  He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2001 after completing advanced helicopter flight training at Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHTEEN (HT-18).

Following initial Fleet Replacement Pilot training in the MH-53E helicopter, CDR Spozio reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) “Blackhawks” in Corpus Christi, Texas where he served as the Aviation Electronics and Ordnance Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer and qualified as an Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Mission Commander and Functional Check Pilot.  With the “Blackhawks” he deployed aboard USS DULUTH (LPD-6) for RIMPAC02 and completed two deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2005 he returned to HT-18 for Flight Instructor duty and served as the Standardization Officer for Instrument, Navigation, Formation and Shipboard Flight Training.

In 2007 he was selected to join the Navy Reserve Full-Time Support (FTS) officer corps and in 2008 received Department Head orders to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) “Vanguard” in Norfolk, VA.  In January of 2010 he deployed with HM-14 to Haiti aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) and USS BATAAN (LHD-5), flying the first heavy lift helicopter operations in support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE.  In November of 2011 CDR Spozio deployed to Pohang, Republic of Korea as Officer-In-Charge, HM-14 Detachment 1, in support of COMSEVENTHFLT.

CDR Spozio attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island from 2012 to 2013 where he earned a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

In August 2013 he reported to the Joint Staff J-7 Hampton Roads where he served as a Joint Technical Operations planner in support of CENTCOM, NORTHCOM and STRATCOM and earned designation as a Joint Qualified Officer.

In November 2015 CDR Spozio will assume the duties of Executive Officer, HM-15.  His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and various other campaign awards and unit commendations.