Commander Jeremy T. Vaughan
Executive Officer, HSM-70
Commander Vaughan graduated from the U.S Naval Academy in 1997 where he distinguished himself by winning the Most Oustanding Engineering award befoer graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following his winging in June of 1999, CDR Vaughan transferred to HSL-48 where he deployed twice to the North Arabian Gulf, earning the Air Medal (Strike/Flight) award for combat missions in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He was selected to become an instructor at HSL-40, and assisted the Airwolves to their fifth Theodore Ellyson Award as the top East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron. He distinguished himself by being selected as the Squadron and Naval Helicopter Association Instructor Pilot of the Year for 2005 and COMHSLWINGLANT Leadership Award winner for 2006.
CDR Vaughan graduated with distinction from Naval Postgraduate School with his Master of Business Administration in September 2006, earning a spot in the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Rotating back to sea duty in October of 2006, CDR Vaughan checked on board the USS NASSAU(LHA 4), assisting the ship towards their second Battle "E". In March of 2008, CDR Vaughan transferred to HSL-51 in Astugi, Japan where he was forward deployed on the USS Lassen (DDG-82) and the USS MUSTIN (DDG-89) spanning thirteen deployments. The Warlords were awarded the Golden Wrench and two Navy Battle "E" awards during his tenure. He has accumulated approximately 2200 hours.
Continuing his service overseas, CDR Vaughan checked into U.S. Africa Command in 2010 as the political-military desk officer for South Africa. He served as Aide de Camp/Deputy Executive Officer for Vice Admiral Leidig, the Deputy Commander from February 2011 to July 2013.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service medals and ribbons.