Theodore J. Elkins
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Seven
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, CDR Elkins graduated from Liberty University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science. CDR Elkins received his commission from Officer Candidate School on May 26, 2000 and was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator on April 12, 2002.
Upon completion of UH/VH-3H Fleet Replacement Pilot Training in November 2002, CDR Elkins reported to the FLEET ANGELS of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2), in Norfolk, VA for his initial sea tour. While at HC-2, CDR Elkins completed deployments to 5th Fleet with the DESERT DUCKS in Manama, Bahrain, to 6th Fleet with the GHOST RIDERS aboard the USS LASALLE (AGF 3), and to Hurricane Katrina Relief Operations aboard the USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7). He served in various positions including Detachment Maintenance Officer and Squadron NATOPS Officer.
In February 2006 CDR Elkins went ashore and transitioned to the MH-60S and served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO (HSC-2), serving in the Operations and Maintenance departments.
Returning to sea, in June 2008 CDR Elkins reported as Safety Officer onboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) where he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway) and Command Duty Officer (In Port). In August 2011 CDR Elkins reported, as a Department Head, to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC-22). He served as Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and deployed to 5th and 6th Fleet as Officer-in-Charge Detachment ONE, embarked aboard USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7).
Following his Department Head tour, CDR Elkins reported to the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI and graduated with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. In January of 2015, CDR Elkins reported to NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy where he served in both the J2 as an Exercise Planner and as an Intelligence Officer for the Joint Logistics Support Group. CDR Elkins reported as Executive Officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN (HSC-7) in July of 2017, becoming Commanding Officer in December of 2018.
Personal military decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Individual), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.