COMMANDER DAVID LOO
Commander Loo is a native of New York City, New York. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was conferred a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May 1996. He was designated a Naval Aviator, at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, in December 1998.
Commander Loo has served in multiple fleet assignments. His initial assignment was with the "Warlords" of HSL-51 at NAF Atsugi, Japan, where he deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch on USS Gary (FFG 51) and in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom on USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) and USS Cowpens (CG 63) in company with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Strike Group. He has served aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), home-ported in Norfolk, Virginia, as the Aircraft Handling Officer, supporting Joint Task Force Katrina/Rita, and as the Assistant Air Officer, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Non-Combatant Evacuation of Americans from Lebanon. Additionally, with the "Vipers" of HSL-48 at NS Mayport, Florida, as the Detachment SIX Officer in Charge embarked on USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) attached to the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) Strike Group in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraq Freedom and as the Squadron Training Officer and Squadron Maintenance Officer. In command, he served as the 17th Commanding Officer of the "Warlords" of HSM-51 at NAF Atsugi, Japan. During his tour, the squadron transitioned from the SH-60B to the MH-60R Seahawk while maintaining all operational commitments in support of Carrier Air Wing Five, USS George Washington (CVN 73) Strike Group and Battle Force Seventh Fleet, and earned the Golden Wrench and Battle "E" awards for maintenance and operational excellence.
Ashore, he has served with the "Airwolves" of HSL-40, at NS Mayport, Florida, as an SH-60B Instructor Pilot, where he served as the Squadron Legal Officer, Squadron Line Division and Squadron Quality Assurance Officer and was named HSL-40's Maintenance Officer of the Year. He has been assigned to the Joint Staff, in Washington, District of Columbia, where he served as a Joint Strategic Planner in Joint Concept Development and Experimentation and the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for Joint Force Development.
Most recently, he served aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), home-ported in Bremerton, Washington, as the Navigator, conducting operations off the Eastern Pacific, and received the 2014 John C. Stennis Straight Furrow Award for Leadership.
Commander Loo was conferred a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University in May 2005. He has accumulated over 2700 flight hours in numerous aircraft and been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and other unit commendations and service campaign awards.