|Captain J. Curtis Shaub
Commodore (August 2010 - February 2012)
Captain J. Curtis Shaub, graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Mathematics Major, in 1985. He entered the Navy in January 1986 as an Aviation Officer Candidate, was commissioned in May 1986 as an Ensign, and designated a Naval Aviator in April 1987.
His operational and command assignments include flying the LAMPS MK III SH-60B Seahawk helicopter with the “Battlecats” of HSL-43, NAS North Island, San Diego, California, on two deployments aboard USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37). Next he was assigned to USS PELELIU (LHA 5) for duty as the Assistant Air Officer (mini-boss). It was during this tour where he earned his second set of gold wings after his qualification as Surface Warfare Officer. Later, he reported to the “Easyriders” of HSL-37, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, as the Operations Officer and later deployed (again) aboard CROMMELIN. He commanded the “Wolfpack” of HSL-45, when the squadron surpassed 14 years and 100,000 mishap-free flight hours. He was the Air Boss aboard USS BOXER (LHD 4) when the ship surge deployed to the Western Pacific and supported multinational, joint operations. He commanded the World Famous “Seahawks” of HSM-41, training new aviators and flying the Navy’s newest helicopter, the MH-60R, surpassing 25 years and 140,000 mishap-free flight hours. He is currently assigned to major sea command under Expeditionary Strike Group THREE as Commander, Amphibious Squadron ONE.
Assignments to shore billets include the Seahawk Introduction and Transition Unit, HMAS Albatross, Nowra, Australia, as a member of the Personnel Exchange Program where he flew the S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. He was the Chief Maintenance Test Pilot, Safety Officer and a plank owner of the newly recommissioned “Fighting Tigers” of HS-816. He completed his master’s education in National Security and Strategic Studies at Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and was Assistant Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Current Operations (J3 directorate), at the Pentagon, Washington, DC.
Captain Shaub is a sub-specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare and is authorized to wear the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the Command insignia, Naval Aviator insignia, Surface Warfare Officer insignia, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and additional fleet awards.