Commanding Officer (Sept 2013 - Present) 
Captain Murray Joe “JT” Tynch III
Commanding Officer

CAPT Tynch is a North Carolina native and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School and has over 4100 flight hours in the H-60. His previous aviation assignments have included HS-2 Quality Assurance Officer, HS-10 H-60 Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot and QAO, Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN Combat Search and Rescue Officer, HS-6 Maintenance Officer and Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Officer in Charge of the Pacific Fleet HS Weapons and Tactics Unit and Commanding Officer of HS-8. He graduated from National War College in June of 2008 and deployed as the Commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team, Kunar Province, Afghanistan in Regional Command - East from November 2008 to July 2009.

CAPT Tynch reported to the Joint Staff, J7 in August 2009 and was selected to serve as the Secretary of the Joint Staff (SJS) in April of the following year. In addition to this duty, he continued to play a key role in preparing interagency personnel for upcoming deployments to Afghanistan. He was instrumental in developing the curriculum for the civilian surge training at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), Illinois and was the military subject matter expert for the first six months of MUTC training. While SJS, CAPT Tynch was also a monthly instructor and mentor for the Department of State’s civilian-military integration classes at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA.

Before departing the Joint Staff, CAPT Tynch returned to Afghanistan in the fall of 2011 to assess and report on the security, stability and governance of the Eastern Border provinces to assist the HQ ISAF campaign plan.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Air Medals (1 Single Action and 3 Strike/Flight Awards), 5 Navy Commendation Medals, 3 Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Army’s Combat Action Badge and various unit and campaign decorations. He was selected as the Naval Helicopter Association’s (NHA) Instructor Pilot of the Year in 1998 and the NHA’s Pilot of the Year in 2005.

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