|Captain Chuck Litchfield
Executive Officer (February 2010 - February 2012)
CAPT Litchfield was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1988 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1989.
His first operational assignment was with the HSL-44 Swampfoxes in Mayport, Florida flying the SH-60B. He completed two carrier battle group deployments to the Arabian Gulf embarked in USS ELROD (FFG 55) and USS STUMP (DD 978). In 1993, he was recognized as the HSL-44 Officer of Year.
CAPT Litchfield was selected for the Naval Postgraduate School/Test Pilot School Cooperative program where he completed a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and graduated with Naval Test Pilot School, Class 110. While serving as a developmental test pilot at the Naval Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron in Patuxent River, Maryland, he conducted developmental flight test and evaluation of the H-60 Armed Helicopter integration, the MH-60R/S Common Cockpit design and the MH-60R Flight Envelope/Gross Weight Expansion program.
From 1999 to 2002, he served as a department head with the HSL-42 Proud Warriors in Mayport, Florida. While embarked in USS HAWES (FFG 53), his two SH-60B helicopters directly supported recovery operations for USS COLE (DDG 67) during Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE. He also served as the squadron Maintenance Officer and was recognized as the 2001 COMHSLWINGLANT Officer of the Year.
CAPT Litchfield’s tours ashore include: Chief of Naval Operations staff, Office of Aviation Budget, Programming and Assessment, as an aviation budget programmer; and Standing Joint Force Headquarters, United States Northern Command as a Team Chief. While at USNORTHCOM, he led forward deployed elements for National Special Security Events, Space Shuttle Support operations, hurricane relief and other Defense Support to Civil Authority missions.
While HSL-46 Executive Officer in 2005, he led two divisions of H-60s conducting search and rescue operations in support of JTF KATRINA/RITA. CAPT Litchfield commanded the HSL-46 Grandmasters from May 2006 to June 2007 during which the squadron won consecutive Sikorsky “Golden Wrench” maintenance awards and deployed seven detachments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the Global War on Terrorism.
CAPT Litchfield was selected for major sea command in FY-09. He has also completed the Aviation Safety Officer course, Air Force Command and Staff College (JPME Phase I correspondence), and the Joint Staff College (JPME II) course. He qualified Officer of the Deck Underway while on USS HAWES (FFG 53). He has flown 34 different type model series aircraft and has logged over 3000 flight hours. CAPT Litchfield’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).