|Commander Kyle Strudthoff
Chief Staff Officer
Commander Strudthoff graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He was commissioned in February 1996 and upon completion of flight training in Pensacola, he was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator. Following SH-60F/H “Seahawk” training, Commander Strudthoff was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron EIGHT (HS-8) in January 1999. During this tour he completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean while embarked on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). He served as Schedules Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and the Assistant Operations Officer.
Commander Strudthoff transferred to the “Warhawks” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) as a flight instructor in November 2001. While at HS-10, he served as the Schedules Officer, the Assistant Training Officer and the HS-10 NATOPS Instructor as well as an assistant squadron standardization pilot and functional check pilot. He also completed the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Fallon, Nevada, earning his designation as a SWTI. From October 2004 until January 2005 Commander Strudthoff served as the Deputy Director at the Joint Search and Rescue Center (JSRC) in Al Udied Air Base, Qatar. He was responsible for coordinating all CSAR assets in the CENTCOM AOR and producing the daily Duty Status - Wherabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) report.
In February 2005, Commander Strudthoff transferred to the USS TRENTON (LPD 14) in Norfolk, VA where he served as the Air Boss and Ship’s Safety Officer. While assigned he earned his Officer of the Deck (OOD) qualification. Following the ship tour, he reported to The College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, Rhode Island where he earned his Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In July 2007, Commander Strudthoff reported to the “Red Lions” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) in Jacksonville, FL. He served as Training Officer and Operations Officer and deployed in support of the Partnership of Americas 2008 while embarked in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and again to Balad, Iraq in March 2009 in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component (CJSOAC). In June 2009, Commander Strudthoff reported to PERS 43 in Millington, TN as the Helicopter Shore Detailer.
In May 2011, Commander Strudthoff reported as the Executive Officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE (HSC-25) in Guam. He deployed to Iraq in August 2011 and served as the Commander of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment located in Iraq and Kuwait. Following his time in Guam, CDR Strudthoff reported to the Air War College in Montgomery, AL and earned a Master’s in Strategic Studies. Prior to reporting to MCMRON FIVE/CTF-52, he served as the Operation’s Officer at Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Pacific from Jun 2014 to Feb 2017.
Commander Strudthoff has accumulated over 2000 flight hours in the H-60. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service medals.