Commander Christopher H Herr
Commanding Officer, HSM-70
Commander Christopher H. Herr hails from Martha’s Vineyard, MA. He attended Boston College, graduating in 1995 with a B.A. in Modern European History. He completed flight training, and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1997.
Upon completing UH-3H Fleet Replacement Pilot training, Commander Herr reported to the “Warlords” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 51, NAF Atsugi, Japan, in July 1997. He was assigned to Det 11, the COMSEVENTHFLT/VIP Detachment, on board USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19). Commander Herr served as the detachment Operations and Squadron UH-3H NATOPS Officer.
He then transitioned to fly the SH-60B, and was assigned to “Battlecats” of HSL-43, based at NAS North Island. He served as the detachment Operations Officer on board USS THACH (FFG-43) and as the squadron’s Assistant Operations Officer. In 2003 he was recognized as HSL-43’s “Pilot of the Year”.
In February 2004, Commander Herr reported to the Naval War College, where he served as Flag Aide to the President, Naval War College. Upon completing his assignment he remained at the Naval War College earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Commander Herr returned to the "Battlecats" in August 2006 and deployed as HSL-43 Detachment TWO Officer in Charge aboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG-93). He then served as the Squadron Maintenance Officer. In 2008, he was selected as HSL-43’s “Officer of the Year” and the “Commander Helicopter Strike Maritime Wing Pacific Senior Maintenance Officer of the Year”.
Commander Herr reported to the Joint Staff / J-3 in October 2008 where he served as an Action Officer for the Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense. Most recently he reported as the Executive Officer of the “Spartans” of HSM-70.
Commander Herr has accumulated over 2200 flight hours in Naval Aircraft. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight with bronze numeral one), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards. He is married to the former Ms Margaret Hogg.