Commander Jose A. Arana
United States Navy
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWELVE (HSC-12)
CDR Arana attended the University of Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 1997. He commissioned from Officer Candidate School in December of 1999. Following the completion of flight school he was awarded his wings of gold as a Naval Aviator in April of 2001.
CDR Arana completed the FRS in San Diego in April 2002 where he learned to fly the MH-60S. His first assignment was with the “Chargers” of then HC-6, later designated HSC-26, as the NVD/NSW Program Manager from June of 2002 to September of 2005.
Following completion of his first sea tour CDR Arana completed Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course in Fallon, Nevada to serve as the NATOPS Officer/WTI at Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School, Atlantic (HSCWSL), in Norfolk, VA from November 2005 to April 2007. He then moved on to serve as the Tactics Officer/WTI for HSC-28 until March 2008.
For his disassociated tour CDR Arana served as the Assistant Air Officer (MINIBOSS) aboard the USS KEARSARGE (LHD) from March 2008 to February 2010. During his time aboard the USS KEARSARGE he earned his Officer of the Deck and CDO (Inport) qualifications.
CDR Arana most recently served as Operations Officer, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, National Military Command Center, Directorate for Operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He assisted the Deputy Director for Operations in leading National Military Command Center monitoring of and response to global military operations, to include threat warning and attack data in advising senior military and civilian leaders.
CDR Arana was also responsible for development and transmission of messages directing execution of OPLAN 8010 and Combatant Command nuclear plans. As a member of the Joint Staff, CDR Arana served as a Global Strike Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense, and the President.
He was selected in the FY-15 Aviation Command Screen Board to take command of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWELVE based out of Atsugi, Japan. As part of the selection CDR Arana attended the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks from August 2015 to June 2016.
Through his navy career CDR Arana has been stationed on both coasts, deployed onboard every platform from which the MH-60S is employed to include United States Naval Ship Mt. Baker (T-AE 34), multiple L-Class Amphibious Assault Ships and most recently on the maiden deployment of the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) where he earned his Command Duty Officer (CDO) Underway qualification, and has flown missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. These feats have earned him the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals