- COMMANDING OFFICER
- COMMANDER Gregory P. deWindt
Commander deWindt, a native of Long Island, New York, enlisted in the Navy in 1991. After completion of basic training at Recruit Training Center (RTC) Great Lakes and Aviation Storekeeper (AK) A-School in Meridian, MS, he served as Material Control Clerk to the “Lions” of VP-90 onboard NAS Glenview, IL and as Document Control Unit Supervisor for Naval Air Reserve Santa Clara (NAVAIRRES) Supply Department, Moffett Field, CA.
In May 1995, Commander deWindt was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program and in July 1996, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and was commissioned as Ensign in the Navy. He completed flight training and was winged as a Naval Aviator in September 1998.
Commander deWindt completed SH-60B Seahawk Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training in November 1999 with HSL-41 and reported to the “Saberhawks” of HSL-47, San Diego, CA. He deployed twice in support of counter-narcotics operations - first on USS McClusky (FFG 41) as Assistant Operations Officer and second on USS FIFE (DD 991) as Detachment Maintenance Officer. In January 2003, he returned to the “Island Rulers” of HSL-41 for tour as flight instructor for the SH-60B also serving as Training Device Officer, overseeing the development of the first MH-60R simulators and as Quality Assurance Officer, where he led transition for the integration of the Health and Unit Monitoring System (HUMS).
In October 2005, Commander deWindt reported to USS Tarawa (LHA 1), Air Department, where he served as Hangar Deck (V3) Division Officer, Mini-Boss and earned qualifications as Combat Information Center Watch Officer (CICWO) and Officer of the Deck (OOD). During this tour, he also completed an Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the Office for the Administrative Review for Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC) and served as an Assisting Military Officer (AMO) for military tribunals.
Commander deWindt returned to flight duties in August 2007, as a member of the “Wolfpack” of HSL-45. He served as Detachment THREE Officer-in-Charge aboard USS Halsey (DDG 97). He completed his department head tour as Maintenance Officer and began the command’s transition to the MH-60R.
In 2010, he reported to Naval War College, Newport, RI and earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In February 2011, he reported to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and to serve as Deputy Division Chief for the Counter-IED Operations Intelligence/Integration Center (COIC) Net Centric Innovation Division (NID) and in 2013 he deployed to serve as the Officer-in-Charge for COIC-Afghanistan (COIC-A) in support of Joint Task Force Paladin’s counter-threat network analysis.
Commander deWindt reported to HSM-41 in October 2013 for training in the MH-60R and proceeded to the “Easyriders” of HSM-37 where he served as Executive Officer from June 2014 to October 2014. In November 2014, he reported to CPRW-2 onboard MCBH Kaneohe Bay to serve as staff officer and N6 Department Head.
CDR deWindt is the Executive Officer for the “Scorpions” of HSM-49 onboard NAS North Island, CA. He has over 2,200 total flight hours.
Commander deWindt’s personal awards in Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.