|Commander D. Scott Cohick
Chief Staff Officer
Commander David Scott Cohick grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington. Son and grandson of career naval officers, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 with a degree in Computer Science.
CDR Cohick began aviation training in Pensacola, Florida and completed Primary flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas. He trained in both the T-45A Goshawk with Training Squadron TWENTY TWO and the TH-57B/C Sea Ranger with Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHTEEN. He earned his “Wings of Gold” in January 2004 in Milton, FL.
Upon completing the Fleet Replacement Squadron syllabus flying the SH-60F and HH-60H Seahawk with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN, CDR Cohick joined his first operational squadron on the third day of their Western Pacific deployment. A highlight of his first deployment, as a pilot in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TWO on board USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, he accrued 98.9 flight hours in one month supporting OPERATION UNIFIED ASSISTANCE delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the tsunami ravaged region of Banda Aceh in Indonesia.
While returning to the aircraft carrier following an airwing Combat Search and Rescue exercise, at night on 9 November 2007, CDR Cohick’s HH-60H suffered a catastrophic tail-rotor failure resulting in an autorotation into the Pacific Ocean 40 miles offshore of San Diego. For his actions in ditching the helicopter and saving all seven people onboard, he received an Air Medal (Individual Action). Despite a thrilling end, CDR Cohick’s first sea tour was great, consisting of two WESTPAC deployments and over 800 flight hours.
After returning to fly the Seahawk one last time after the mishap, CDR Cohick returned to Pensacola to train student Naval Flight Officers in Training Squadron FOUR flying the T-6A Texan II. During his two year tour he amassed over 700 flight hours and served as Ground Safety Officer, Schedule Writer, Aviation Safety Officer, and for five months as the Safety Department Head. As a result of his leadership, the VT-4’s Safety department won the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award, the Admiral John H. Towers Safety Award, and the Grandpa Pettibone Safety Award. Additionally, the Naval Safety Center awarded CDR Cohick the 2009 Individual Grandpa Pettibone Award for excellence in promoting aviation safety awareness through publications.
In early 2010, CDR Cohick reported to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain where he served as the Country Engagement Officer to Bahrain and Pakistan, and regional director for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. CDR Cohick spearheaded U.S.-Pakistan mil-to-mil relations including the Pakistan led AMAN (translation: "peace") 2011 exercise in which 39 countries participated.
Following a rewarding tour in the Middle East, CDR Cohick volunteered for a seven month Global Support Augment billet at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he coordinated all distinguished visitor and congressional military airlifts in Europe. It was here CDR Cohick discovered a passion for running and completed his first half and full marathon.
CDR Cohick then served as a department head with the World Famous Dragonslayers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron ELEVEN in Jacksonville, FL. As the Administrative, Safety, and Operations Department Head, he guided the squadron through pre-deployment workups and multiple training detachments which laid the foundation for a successful deployment and subsequent homeport change and aircraft transition.
Next, CDR Cohick reported to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and earned his Masters of Science Degree in Operations Research and Analysis in September 2017. During his studies he met his wife Julia and was married. Following graduation, CDR Cohick was selected to become the Deputy Dean of Students, filling a critically gapped billet for six months before returning to Bahrain.
In May 2018, CDR Cohick assumed the position of Chief Staff Officer of Combined Task Force FIVE TWO and Mine Counter-Measure Squadron FIVE.
Personal awards include an Air Medal (Individual Action), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous other service and unit awards.