Commander Todd D. Vandegrift is a native of Albion, Indiana and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1995.
His initial operational tour was with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron EIGHT (HC-8) in Norfolk, Virginia, flying the H-46D Sea Knight. Operational deployments include missions in support of combat operations in Kosovo, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and humanitarian relief operations in Western Africa. Commander Vandegrift was subsequently assigned as an H-46D Flight Instructor at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE in San Diego, California.
In 2001, Commander Vandegrift was assigned to serve as Aide to Commander Carrier Group FOUR, Commander Carrier Strike Force. Following this assignment, he attended the College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, Rhode Island, and was awarded a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
After completing MH-60S transition training, Commander Vandegrift reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX where he served as Officer-in-Charge and Department Head. Operational deployments include the establishment of FIFTH FLEET forward deployed detachment flying missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and an expeditionary deployment to Islamabad, Pakistan.
Commander Vandegrift was then assigned to U.S. Joint Forces Command J3/4, where he served as the Global Force Management future operations lead planner. There he planned major force allocations in support of surge operations for both Operation IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.
Commander Vandegrift then reported to HSC-28 where he assumed duties as Executive Officer, in 2009, and command in 2010. Under his command, HSC-28 was awarded consecutive Commander, Naval Air Forces Battle Efficiency awards, its sixth and seventh consecutive retention excellence award, and established and deployed its first armed helicopter capability.
Most recently, Commander Vandegrift served as the Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH FLEET.
Commander Vandegrift is designated a Joint Specialty Officer and his decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign decorations. He has accumulated over 2500 flight hours. He and his wife have four children.