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Commander James B. Howell
Commanding Officer

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Commander James B. Howell was commissioned out of University of Florida's NROTC in August, 1998. He attended flight school in Corpus Christi, TX and Milton, FL. Upon completion, he transferred to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOUR EIGHT (HSL-48) in Mayport, FL where he flew the SH-60B in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Counter Narco-Terrorism operations. He finished his tour as the Quality Assurance Officer.

He then transferred to HSL-40 where he served as an instructor pilot and Operations Officer. In 2006, he continued as instructor pilot and Operations Officer at the HSM Weapons School where he developed and supervised the tactical training of all deploying HSL/HSM detachments.
Commander Howell served his Department Head tour at HSL-46 where he deployed as Officer in Charge of Detachment SEVEN in USS Mason (DDG-87) in support of Combined Task Force 151's counter-piracy operations. He finished his tour as Maintenance Officer while the squadron transitioned to the MH-60R.
Following one year at the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, he served as an aircraft strike planner in the US Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command - Global Strike.
Commander Howell has accumulated over 2,700 hours of flight time in the SH-60B Seahawk. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous other personal, campaign and unit level awards.