Commander Duane Whitmer
Commander Duane Whitmer graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2002. Following H-60F/H training at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) TEN, CDR Whitmer reported to HS-4. As a “Black Knight,” he completed a Western Pacific deployment aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) and another aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) supporting OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. While assigned, he served as Legal Officer, Line Division Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
As a Class 134 graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, he reported to the “Blackjacks” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ONE and served as test pilot for various projects, including developmental test of multiple systems on the MH-60R/S and MQ-8B. In 2012, CDR Whitmer reported to the “Dragonslaysers” of HS-11 as department head, served as Administrative and Maintenance Officer, and deployed aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
After leaving HS-11, CDR Whitmer reported to North American Aerospace Defense Command and served as Vice Division Chief, Maritime Warning. During this tour, he earned his Joint Qualified Officer designation and a graduate certificate in Anti-Submarine Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School.
CDR Whitmer has over 2,000 flight hours in a multitude of rotary and fixed wing aircraft. His personal decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Air Medals, and various campaign and unit awards. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I while attending the Air Force Institute of Technology.