Captain Jeffrey K. Hayhurst

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Captain Hayhurst joined the Navy in 1978 and after Recruit Training he reported aboard USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in January 1979 for his initial tour of duty. In September 1982 he reported aboard USS Charleston (LKA-113) as Third Division Leading Petty Officer, and following that tour reported to Naval Station Norfolk, Port Operations as Tug Master.

In February 1987 he was assigned to Amphibious Refresher Training at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., as an underway instructor. During this tour, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program. After Commissioning, he reported aboard USS Hermitage (LSD-34) as Ship’s Boatswain until her decommissioning and then reported aboard USS Puget Sound (AS-38) as the Ships’ Boatswain.

In October 1991 he reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes as Recruit Division Officer and Assistant Department Head for Military Training. His following tour was First Lieutenant aboard USS Trenton (LPD-14), and then First Lieutenant aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). In 1999 he report to President, Board of Inspection and Survey as Senior Deck Systems Inspector, and then returned to sea in 2001 as First Lieutenant aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7).

He then reported to Fleet Training Center, Norfolk as Officer in Charge of the Center for Surface Operations, Site Norfolk. In June 2004 he reported to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay as Executive Officer and Chief Staff Officer. In October 2006 returned to Naval Station Norfolk Port Operations as Mid Atlantic Regional Port Operations Officer.

In September 2007 he reported as the Commanding Officer, Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and followed this tour with an assignment as Deputy Commander, Joint Detention Group, Joint Task Force Guantanamo. In February 2010 he reported to Afloat Training Group, Norfolk as Executive Officer, and in June 2011 he reported to COMNAVSURFLANT as Assistant Chief of Staff, Amphibious Readiness and Assessments. In September 2013 he reported to his current position as Commander, Naval Beach Group Two.

In addition to various service medals and unit citations, Captain Hayhurst has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals.