Commander Joseph F. Torian
Commander Joseph F. Torian Jr. is a native of Durham, North Carolina and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1998.
His initial operational tour was with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6) in Norfolk, Virginia, flying the H-46D Sea Knight from 1999 to 2003. While there, he deployed aboard USS SEATTLE (AOE 3) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and USS INCHON (MCS 12). He also served as the squadron’s Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer.
Following his tour at HC-6, Commander Torian attended fleet replacement pilot training at HC-3 for the MH-60S Knighthawk and then reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Eight (HSC-28) from 2003 to 2005. He deployed aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and also served as the squadron’s Quality Assurance Officer.
Commander Torian attended the Naval Postgraduate School from 2006 to 2007 where he earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Analysis.
In 2008, he reported to his department head tour at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE on the island of Guam. He deployed to the Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Camp Buehring, Kuwait serving as the Executive Officer. After deployment, he served as the squadron’s Operations Officer.
Commander Torian reported to the Joint Staff in 2010 where he was assigned to the Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense as an Action Officer.
Commander Torian has accumulated more than 2500 flight hours in the H-46D and MH-60S aircraft. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (first strike flight), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (second award), Army Commendation Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and theater awards and citations.
He is married to the former Audria Epps of Pinetops, North Carolina and they have four children.