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Commander, Naval Air Forces > HELMARSTRIKERON FOUR ZERO (HSM 40) > XO

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    Commander Fossati is a native of Yorktown Heights, New York.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Information Science from the State University of New York College at Oswego in 1992.  He reported to Basic Training at RTC Orlando in January 1994 and was assigned to HSL-45 as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator and Rescue Swimmer.

    After deploying on USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57), USS ANZIO (CG 68), and USS FIFE (DD 991), Commander Fossati reported to NAS Pensacola, where he was commissioned through Officer Candidate School.  Upon completion of flight training he was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 1999.

     Commander Fossati’s operational assignments include tours with HSL-46, HSL-48, and HSL-44.  While at HSL-46 he deployed on USS HUE CITY (CG 66), USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51), and served as Detachment Maintenance Officer while deployed on USS SPRUANCE (DD 963) with USS JOHN F. KENNEDY Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom.  At HSL-48 he served as the Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor where he was responsible for advanced tactical training of combat aircrews.  In August 2008, he reported to HSL-44 as Detachment SIX Officer in Charge and deployed onboard USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) with USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group.  He then served as squadron Maintenance Officer and led the squadron through transition to MH-60R aircraft.

     Commander Fossati served ashore at COMHSLWINGPAC Weapons and Tactics Unit where he was the Wing Air Combat Training Continuum, Surface to Air Countertactics program manager, and became a plank owner of HSMWP Weapons School.  In 2007 he attended the Naval College of Command and Staff in Newport Rhode Island, where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.  From July 2010 to November 2013, he was assigned to United States Southern Command, Operations Directorate (J3) as the Current Air Operations Chief.  He has served as HSM-40’s Executive Officer since June 2014.

    CDR Fossati’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals (three awards), Navy Achievement Medals (two awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.