J. Reid Adams
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Seven
CDR J. Reid Adams, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, received his commission from the United States Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 2001 graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He completed flight training and was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator in 2003. CDR Adams served his initial sea tour with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron THREE (HS-3) in Jacksonville, Florida, flying the venerable SH-60F and HH-60H Sea Hawk. As a Trident, he deployed on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Following return from deployment, CDR Adams was selected for the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) Cooperative Education Program, with master program study at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He completed USNTPS as a member of Class 135, also earning a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ONE (HX-21).
Following fleet replacement training in the MH-60S and MH-60R in San Diego, California, CDR Adams reported to HX-21 as MH-60R/S Project Officer and Test Pilot. He was involved in developmental test and evaluation of the Armed Helicopter Weapon System, 20mm Gun System, Unguided Rocket Weapon System, and Airborne Mine Counter Measures testing programs. Additionally, he served as Squadron Operations Officer and was the HX-21 Test Pilot of the Year for 2011.
In September of 2012, CDR Adams returned to the Fleet in San Diego, California, as a Department Head with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO THREE (HSC-23), where he served as the Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Detachment TWO Officer-in-Charge aboard USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8). He deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.
Prior to selection for operational command, CDR Adams served on the Joint Staff, J-5 Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy with a primary focus on Cyberspace Policy and the elevation of United States Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command.
CDR Adams is Executive Officer at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN (HSC-7). He has accumulated over 2,200 hours of flight time in 27 different aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight Award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a member of the Naval Helicopter Association and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.