Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief
CDR Justin McCaffree
A native of Shepherd, Montana, Commander McCaffree graduated from the University of Idaho in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Science in History. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in July 2000. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in January 2002. In March 2002, CDR McCaffree reported to the HS-10 “Warhawks” for initial fleet training as an SH-60F/HH-60H helicopter pilot.
CDR McCaffree began his operational flying in October 2002 with the “Dragonslayers” of HS-11. While a “Dragonslayer”, he made one deployment aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), participating in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
CDR McCaffree next reported to the HS-10 “Warhawks” as an instructor pilot and deployed aboard USNS GUNNERY SERGEANT FRED W. STOCKHAM (T AK 3017), USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91), and USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) conducting Expanded Maritime Interdiction Operations (EMIO) in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P). Upon his return from deployment, CDR McCaffree graduated from the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) course. CDR McCaffree then attended and graduated from the Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) course and completed his tour as an instructor pilot in August 2008.
CDR McCaffree returned to the fleet as a Helicopter Operations Officer and Flying Hour Program Manager for Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2). While assigned to CVW-2, he finished one deployment aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Following his tour with CVW-2, CDR McCaffree reported to the HSC-12 “Golden Falcons” as a Department Head in 2010. While with the “Golden Falcons,” he completed two deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, serving as the Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer.
In 2013, CDR McCaffree attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and graduated with distinction in 2014 with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
CDR McCaffree next reported to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), where he served as the branch chief for J-611, the National and Nuclear, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (N2C4) Solutions branch.
CDR McCaffree has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in various aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service awards and ribbons.