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Commodore | Deputy Commodore | Chief Staff Officer | Command Master Chief

 CAPT Jon R. Hurst Commodore
Captain Jon Hurst hails from the suburbs of Seattle, Washington.  He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering.  After pilot training in the T-34C at Whiting Field, FL and the T-1A at Vance AFB, OK, he received his Pilot wings in May 1997.
Captain Hurst’s first operational command was flying the E-6 with the VQ-4 Shadows at Tinker AFB, OK.  At VQ-4, he was the Airframes Branch Officer, Schedules Officer and Squadron NATOPS Instructor.  He worked on the initial design for TACAMO’s new glass cockpit, and was one of VQ-4’s first Mission Commanders to fly the Airborne Command Post mission.
From 2001-2004, he was an instructor pilot for the Red Nights of VT-3 at Whiting Field, FL.  While there, he attained every qualification available, flying maintenance check flights as well as all syllabus events.  His jobs there included NATOPS and Standardization Department Head.
After his VT-3 tour, Captain Hurst reported to the Globemasters of VR-56 in Norfolk, VA flying the C-9B.  There, his assignments included Safety, Admin, Operations and Maintenance Department Heads.  As the Maintenance DH, he moved the squadron to NAS Oceana.  In 2007 he was selected to be the Fleet Logistics Support Wing’s C-9 NATOPS Instructor and Pilot Evaluator at NAS Fort Worth JRB, TX. 
Following his tour at the Fleet Logistics Support Wing, Captain Hurst spent 2009 and 2010 in the Pentagon on the OPNAV staff, working as Transport Aircraft Requirements Officer, Executive Assistant and Aide to the Navy’s Director of Air Warfare.  During that tour, he was selected to Command the Windjammers of VR-51, becoming Executive Officer in October, 2010.
Based in Kaneohe HI, VR-51 flew multiple detachments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support, and stood-up a detachment site in EUCOM.  VR-51 is Navy’s only cargo-variant Gulfstream squadron, contributing to Navy’s global air logistics support. 
Captain Hurst completed his second tour in the Pentagon, again working for Navy’s Director of Air Warfare as Navy’s Transport Aircraft Requirements Officer.  While there, he represented the Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) mission and equities as a member of the DoD Aero Safety of Navigation Steering Group, and Joint Staff’s Operational Support Aircraft Working and Steering Groups.  During this tour, he was selected for operational Major Command as Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing.
Captain Hurst has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours in 9 different aircraft.  His awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), the Humanitarian Service Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.