CDR Jeffrey A. Melody
Commander Jeffrey A. Melody of Youngstown, Ohio graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1996. Following commissioning, Commander Melody reported to Pensacola, Florida for aviation training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1998.
CDR Melody’s first fleet assignment was in San Diego, CA, from 1999-2002 with the Wolf Pack of HSL-45. While at HSL-45, he made two WESTPAC deployments to the 5th Fleet AOR on USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) and USS FORD (FFG 54), the latter in support of the Global War on Terror. While assigned to HSL-45, Commander Melody served as Detachment Maintenance Officer and Squadron Line Division Officer. Prior to his transfer, he received the CY 2000 HSL-45 Officer of the Year and NHA embarked Aircrew of the Year awards.
Following his tour with the Wolf Pack, Commander Melody reported to the U.S. Naval Academy from 2002-2005 as a member of the Physical Education Department where he was an Instructor and Departmental Facilities Manager with oversight of all PE buildings and fields. On this tour Commander Melody earned a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University. His next assignment in 2006 was with the Air Department embarked on USS TARAWA (LHA 1). His billets included the V4 Fuels and V3 Hangar Divisions Officer, and the Aircraft Handling Officer. He deployed with ESG-1 in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).
In June 2007 Commander Melody reported to the Saberhawks of HSL-47 which was executing Bravo to Sea and attached to Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW 2). There he served as the Squadron Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Safety Officer and Detachment Officer-in-Charge. He deployed on USS MOMSEN (DDG 92) and USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) with Carrier Strike Group NINE in support of OIF and OEF. At the completion of the deployment, Commander Melody participated in HSL-47 being the first operational HSL squadron to transition to Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM-77) with the MH-60R Seahawk.
In November 2009, Commander Melody was assigned to the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as the Operations Officer for the J3 Standing Joint Force Headquarters and as the Executive Officer to the USAFRICOM Chief of Staff. In December 2012, he reported to HSM-41 to complete the training syllabus for the MH-60R Seahawk.
CDR Melody reported to the world famous “Wolf Pack” of HSM-75 in August 2013 as Executive Officer and assumed command in December 2014.
CDR Melody’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit commendations and service/campaign awards.