Commanding Officer  (October 2010 - October 2012) 
Captain Steven B. Morien
Commanding Officer (October 2010 - October 2012)

Captain Morien is a native of Hamlin, New York. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Optics and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. Following commissioning, he reported to flight school and earned his wings in February 1990.

After initial MH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron Training, Commander Morien reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in December 1990. During this tour, he served as Aircraft Maintenance Line Officer, NATOPS Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. He deployed in April 1991 and conducted mine countermeasure missions in the Arabian Gulf after the conclusion of Operation DESERT STORM. He deployed again in January 1993 in support of Exercise BLUE HARRIER 93.

Moving to shore duty in October 1993, Captain Morien reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE (HM-12) and served as the Maintenance/Material Control Officer (MMCO) and MH-53E / CH-53E instructor pilot. HM-12 was decommissioned in September 1994 and he transferred to Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School (AWSTS) where he served as an AMCM instructor. During shore duty, he earned a Master of Engineering Management Degree from Old Dominion University.

Following shore duty, he was assigned to Commander, Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWO, at Ingleside, Texas in June 1996. CAPT Morien served as Air Operations Officer and Exercise Planner. He deployed in support of EURO 1997 and participated in numerous multi-national MCM exercises throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.

In July 1998, he reported to the Naval War College and earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in June 1999. While at the Naval War College, Captain Morien was selected to participate in the pilot class of the CNO directed Naval Operational Planners Course, which he completed in September 1999.

Following MH-53E refresher training, he reported to HM-14 in April 2000. During this tour, he served as Safety Officer, Detachment Officer in Charge (OIC) and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He deployed as OIC of a 4 aircraft detachment to Bahrain in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and U.S. FIFTH Fleet operations.

In July 2002, he was assigned to Commander, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida as a Navy Antiterrorism / Force Protection Officer. During this tour, he deployed twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his first deployment, he served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander (Forward), Combined Forces Command, U.S. Central Command.

Captain Morien arrived at TACRON 21 as the Executive Officer in April 2005 and deployed with the NASSAU Expeditionary Strike Group in November 2005. During the deployment, he supported anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa and went ashore to support 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He assumed command of TACRON 21 in June 2006. During his command tour, TACRON 21 provided detachments that supported operations around the world. Additionally, the squadron earned CNO Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship award in 2006 and 2007.

In October 2007 he relinquished command of TACRON 21 and reported to Commander, U.S. SECOND Fleet where he served as the Joint Task Force HQ Training and Readiness Officer and Fleet Command Center Director.

Captain Morien assumed command of Tactical Air Control Group ONE in June 2010.

Captain Morien’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit and campaign awards.

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