CDR Daryl E. Trent
United States Navy
Commander Daryl Trent is a native of North Chesterfield, VA and enlisted in the Navy in January 1988. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Ill, he attended Operations Specialist “A” School at Dam Neck, VA and was assigned to the USS SCOTT in Philadelphia, PA. In 1990, he completed a Mediterranean Sea deployment in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD. CDR Trent then transferred to the Fleet Training Unit. In 1993, he was assigned to the USS ARLEIGH BURKE and completed two Mediterranean deployments in support of Operations DESERT STORM, SHARP GUARD, and DENY FLIGHT in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 1995, as an Operations Specialist First Class Petty Officer he was assigned to TACTRAGRULANT and subsequently selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the Hampton Roads NROTC consortium and was commissioned in December 1997. After training in the E-2C Hawkeye, he earned his “Wings of Gold” in October 1999.
In March 2000, CDR Trent reported to the “Seahawks” of VAW-126 onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN. He served as Legal, Assistant Maintenance, and NFO NATOPS Officer. In December 2001, he graduated from TOPGUN at NAS Fallon, Nevada and was the 2002 ACCLOGWING NFO of the Year (Sea). During this tour he completed two Arabian Gulf deployments in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and flew during the initial strikes of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF)
In 2003, CDR Trent joined the Weapons and Tactics Unit and was designated a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. During this assignment he was selected as the 2005 ACCLOGWING NFO of the Year (Shore). In 2005, CDR Trent reported to VAW-123 as a WTI. In this tour he deployed onboard USS ENTERPRISE in support of OIF.
In 2006, CDR Trent was assigned to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN as the VAW-VRC Detailer. During this tour CDR Trent earned his Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. In April 2009, CDR Trent reported to the “Bear Aces” of VAW-124 onboard USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH and completed tours as the Maintenance and Operations Officer. In April 2011, CDR Trent reported to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120, where he served as the Executive Officer. In October 2013, he reported to the VAW-125 “Tigertails”, as the Executive Officer.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).