KENNETH R. COLMAN
UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander Kenneth R. Colman graduated from Washington State University earning a commission through Officer Candidate School in July 2000 and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2001. Following initial flight training he reported to HSL-41 for SH-60B Fleet Replacement training.
Commander Colman’s operational assignments include tours with HSL-47, CVW-11 / HS-6 and HSM-75. He deployed with the SABERHAWKS, Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2) and the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Strike Group during the first-ever Bravo to Sea deployment supporting and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Operations in Sumatra, Indonesia following the tsunami in 2004. At CVW-11 he served as the Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer (ASW / ASUW) for Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN deploying with the USS NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group during which he flew the SH-60F and HH-60H with The Screamin’ Indians of HS-6 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In January 2010 he reported to HSM-75 as the Quality Assurance, Training, and Operations Officer. During his tenure, The Wolf Pack transitioned from the SH-60B to the MH-60R, from an Expeditionary to a CVW squadron and deployed for the first time with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN embarked USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). The Wolf Pack earned the Battle ‘E’, Jay Isabelle Trophy and the SECDEF Maintenance Award for 2013. Commander Colman was recognized as the HSM-75 Officer of the Year for 2013. Commander Colman reported as the Executive Officer to the SPARTANS of HSM-70 in October 2017.
Ashore Commander Colman served at HSM-41 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor flying the SH-60B and MH-60R from January 2006 to July 2008 and received squadron Pilot of the Year Award for 2008. From September 2013 – September 2015 he was assigned to the Joint Staff, J-33 serving as Strategic Surveillance, Emergency Actions, Primary Strike Officer and Assistant Deputy Director of Operations for Team FOUR at the National Military Command Center. From March 2016 to August 2017 he served as Executive Officer at HSM-40, the East Coast MH-60R FRS.
Commander Colman earned a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from the University of San Diego and is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards. He has flown over 3800 mishap-free flight hours and holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and Flight and Instrument Instructor Certificates for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.