Commander James Zoulias
Originally from from Westminster, Maryland, CDR James Zoulias was commissioned with the United States Naval Academy Class of 1997. After receiving his wings in October 1998, he reported to Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) in San Diego, California before being assigned to Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron FOUR (HS-4), also in San Diego, California.
His first sea tour flying the SH-60F / HH-60H included deployments to the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). Here he served as the NATOPS and SAR Officer.
In 2002, CDR Zoulias reported to the Boston University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Consortium, in Boston, Massachusetts, as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science. He taught Naval History and Introductory Naval Science courses to incoming freshman, and advised several year groups of Midshipmen. CDR Zoulias also earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations.
In 2005, CDR Zoulias was then assigned to the USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN-69) as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. He deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). In addition, CDR Zoulias qualified as both Officer of the Deck and Command Duty Officer for underway operations.
In 2008, CDR Zoulias reported to Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron SEVEN (HS-7) in Jacksonville, Florida. He served as the Safety Officer and then led both the Maintenance and Operations Departments throughout his tour. He deployed to Central Command in support of OEF and OIF aboard the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75).
In 2010, CDR Zoulias reported to the Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) in Suffolk, Virginia where he served with the Joint National Training Capability (JNTC). After USJFCOM disestablished, he completed this tour as part of the Joint Staff.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Award, Naval Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3) and various campaign and service awards.