COMMANDER R. L. MCQUEEN
Commander McQueen graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Political Economy and received his commission via the NROTC Program in May 1998. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2000.
Following SH-60F/H Fleet Replacement Pilot training with the “Warhawks” of HS-10 in San Diego, CA he reported to the “Dragonslayers” of HS-11 in Jacksonville, FL in August 2001. On September 17, 2001 HS-11 joined the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 72) Strike Group as the first to deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, including an unprecedented 159 days spent consecutively underway. While in HS-11, CDR McQueen served as the Schedules officer, Aircraft division officer, Auxiliary Retail Outlet officer, and Quality Assurance officer. His subsequent deployment with HS-11 was on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Commander Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.
In August 2004 CDR McQueen returned to HS-10 as an instructor pilot where he served as the Schedules officer, Tactics officer, and Standardization officer. While at HS-10, he was temporarily assigned to the “Firehawks” of HCS-5 where he deployed to Balad, Iraq flying missions as part of the Joint Special Operations Air Detachment-Arabian Peninsula. Following his tour at HS-10, he attended the NSAWC Seahawk Weapons & Tactics Instructor (SWTI) course and was designated a SWTI.
In November 2007 CDR McQueen joined the “Badman” staff of Carrier Air Wing FIRE (CVW-5) forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan where he served as the Commander, Task Force SEVEN ZERO (CTF-70) Helicopter Element Coordinator. While there, CVW-5 deployed on the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and participated in numerous theater security cooperation exercises including RIMPAC, TALISMAN SABRE, FOAL EAGLE, and ANNUALEX.
After selection as an Aviation Department Head,, CDR McQueen reported to the “Black Knights” of HS-4 in San Diego, CA. He served as the Administration Officer, Safety Tactics & Training Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer deployed on USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) for RIMPAC, Operation NEW DAWN, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Following the devastating tsunami which struck Japan in March 2011, the “Black Knights” were some of the first responders to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as part of Operation TOMODACHI.
His most recent assignment was at the joint, multinational NATO Special Operations Headquarters located at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Mons, Belgium. There he served as the Director of the Air Staff for the Air Development Program.
CDR McQueen holds an Executive MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (three Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other campaign, unit, and individual awards.