Public Affairs Officer, USN Formal Portrait
Jack Hanzlik, USN

Public Affairs & Outreach,
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Captain Hanzlik reported aboard U.S. Fleet Forces Command in November as Director, Fleet Public Affairs & Outreach. His prior assignment was Commanding Officer, Navy Public Affairs Support Element headquartered in Norfolk, Va., where he was responsible for manning, training, equipping and deploying more than 260 active and Reserve PA/VI professionals, serving in 13 locations around the world in support of Fleet, COCOM and JTF Commander requirements.

Earlier assignments include Naval Personnel Command as the Public Affairs Detailer, where he was responsible for the career progression and worldwide assignment of the PAO / Photo LDO community. From 2008-2010 he served as the Director of Public Affairs, US Central Command, where he was responsible for coordinating joint and interagency communication efforts associated with operations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Earlier shore assignments include Public Affairs Officer for the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC (2007-2008); Public Affairs Officer for Commander, Naval Air Forces in San Diego, Ca. (2005-2007), and Public Affairs Officer, Commander, Naval Reserve Force in New Orleans, La. (2003-2005). Between 1998 and 2003, Hanzlik served as a recalled reservist; during that time he was the Deputy PAO for Commander, Third Fleet, and served on the staffs of Seventh Fleet and Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

Before transitioning to public affairs, Hanzlik was a Naval Aviator. As an S-3A Viking pilot/aircraft commander, he was assigned to VS-33, where he deployed aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) with CARRIER AIR WING NINE, in support of Operation Desert Storm.

Captain Hanzlik is a northern-California native. He graduated from the University of Calif. at Davis in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. He earned his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1986 and was winged in 1988. He also earned an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College in 2011.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (4); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various campaign, unit, and service medals/ribbons.

Public Affairs Officer, USN Formal Portrait (8X10)