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  Commander Lawrence M. Behr

Commanding Officer  |  Executive Officer  |  Command Master Chief


Commander Lawrence M. Behr
Commanding Officer


CDR Behr was commissioned through OCS in February of 2000 after earning a BS in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. After preflight indoctrination and primary flight training in the T-34C, CDR Behr was selected for the helicopter pipeline and assigned advanced training at HT-8 in Milton, FL.  He received his wings in December 2001.
 After flight school, CDR Behr was assigned to his first operational sea tour at HC-6 in Norfolk, VA, serving there from 2002 to 2005.  While assigned there, he served as Legal Officer and Aviation Safety Officer and deployed in USS BATAAN as an H2P and in USNS SIRIUS as an aircraft commander.  Following his tour at HC-6, CDR Behr was selected to HSC-2.  He attended IUT training at HC-3 in San Diego and returned to Norfolk to assist the squadron in its transition from the H-3 airframe to the MH-60S.  While assigned at HSC-2, CDR Behr served as a flight instructor and Quality Assurance Officer.
CDR Behr transferred from HSC-2 to USS BATAAN in 2007 for his disassociated sea tour as the Safety Officer.  While onboard, he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway.  In 2009, CDR Behr was assigned to the US Army’s Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas, completing his Intermediate Level Education while also earning an MS in Continuing and Adult Education from Kansas State University.
CDR Behr reported to his Department Head tour at HSC-22 in 2010.  While assigned there, he was the Officer in Charge of a dual helicopter detachment onboard USNS ARCTIC.  Upon return from deployment, CDR Behr assumed duties as the squadron Maintenance Officer.  Following his Department Head tour, he transferred to the Joint Staff and was assigned to the J7 as the Environment Portfolio Strategy Branch Chief, leading a team of civilians responsible for budget execution, lifecycle management, portfolio management and IT asset accountability. 
While assigned to the Joint Staff, CDR Behr selected for Commander Command.  He reported as Executive Officer of HSC-26 in February of 2016, and assumed Command in June 2017.