Commander Barry F. Kertanis
Commander Barry Kertanis, a native of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, graduated from the Bridgewater State College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1996 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1998. Upon completion of fleet replacement training in 1999, he was assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) Yigo, Guam.
His first sea tour flying the CH-46 included deployments aboard the USNS FLINT (T-AE 32), USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3), and the USS ESSEX (LHD 2).
After completing MH-60S Knighthawk training in 2003, Commander Kertanis reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC-28), helping transition the squadron from the CH-46 to the MH-60S. While at HSC-28, he deployed aboard USS SEATTLE (AOE 3).
In October 2005 CDR Kertanis reported to Helicopter Sea Combat TWO (HSC-2) as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor Pilot. During his tour, he earned the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Designation.
In 2007, Commander Kertanis reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC-22). He deployed to Baghdad, IRAQ with Joint CREW (Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare) Composite Squadron ONE. He was assigned to the 177th and 300th Military Police Brigade. He served as the squadron’s Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer before transferring to the United States Naval War College in 2010.
Commander Kertanis received a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. In 2011 he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was assigned to OPNAV N122 and N98.
He has flown over 2,500 hours and his awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.