Commander Paul D. Will of Berlin,
Pennsylvania graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an
Ensign in May 1997. He reported to
Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in
Following Fleet Replacement training in
the SH-60B Seahawk, he reported to the Saberhawks of HSL-47 at NAS North
Island. Commander Will was part of the
first HSL detachment to deploy onboard an aircraft carrier, serving as
Detachment Operations Officer and Detachment Maintenance Officer during two
deployments to the Arabian Gulf in USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). He also served as the squadron’s Quality
In September 2003, Commander Will was
assigned to Fleet Replacement Squadron, HSL-41, as a SH-60B Instructor
Pilot. He served as Schedules Officer,
Curriculum Officer, and as the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures
Standardization Evaluator for Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
In February 2006, he reported to the
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) as Assistant Navigator where he was named the 2007
Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Ship Handler of the Year and
the 2007 Naval Helicopter Association Shipboard Pilot of the Year.
In June 2008, following transition
training for the MH-60R Seahawk, he reported to the Spartans of HSM-70 in
Jacksonville, Florida. As a Plank Owner,
he served as the squadron’s Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and was
named the 2009 HSM-70 Officer of the Year.
Commander Will was assigned to the
Pentagon in support of the Joint Staff,
J-34, Antiterrorism/Force Protection division in June 2010. During this tour, he served as the Executive
Assistant to the Deputy Director for Antiterrorism/Homeland Defense.
He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate
School, earning an Executive Master of Business Administration degree, and the
Joint and Combined Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk,
CDR Will reported to HSM-71 in February
2014 as the Executive Officer and will serve as the Commanding Officer in May
His awards include the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal (four awards with Combat Distinguishing Device), the Navy
and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit
commendations, service and campaign awards.
Commander Will and the former Becky
Claycomb have been best friends since the first day of Eighth Grade. They are married and have three children -
Calvin, Eli, and Tess.