Commanding Officer
 


 

  CAPT Kavon Hakimzadeh

 

Captain Kavon “Hak” Hakimzadeh enlisted from Petal, Mississippi in January 1987 and was selected for an NROTC scholarship in 1988. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned in May 1992.
 
After designation as an E-2 Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer, Captain Hakimzadeh joined the Tigertails of VAW-125 for his initial sea tour. Additional sea duty assignments include Carrier Group EIGHT as Flag Lieutenant, VAW-123 Screwtops as a department head, VAW-126 Seahawks as Executive and Commanding Officer, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) as Executive Officer and USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20) as Commanding Officer. He has completed eight operational deployments on seven different ships.
 
He served ashore with the VAW-120 Greyhawks as a FRS instructor, as a student at the Naval War College, and duty under instruction as an Arthur S. Moreau fellow. Additionally, he has served in four Pentagon assignments including the Joint Staff (J-3) readiness division, SOUTHCOM Washington field office, OPNAV N00X/N9I as a strike warfare analyst and assessment branch head, and most recently as Executive Assistant to the OPNAV Director Air Warfare (N98).
 
Captain Hakimzadeh holds Masters Degrees from Old Dominion University, the Naval War College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow.
 
Captain Hakimzadeh has accumulated over 3,100 flight hours and 815 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Defense Meritorious Service Medal among other personal and unit awards.
 

He reported aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in June 2019.

 

  

  Executive Officer     

 

 

 

 CAPT Dave Snowden  

   

Captain Snowden, a native of Tavernier, FL and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace engineering.  Upon commissioning, Commander Snowden reported for flight training in Pensacola, Fl and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1999. 
 
Upon completion of S-3B FRS training in 2000, Commander Snowden was ordered to the Scouts of VS-24 based at NAS Jacksonville, FL.  He deployed onboard USS ENTERPRISE in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the weeks following 9/11.  Upon completion of his tour with VS-24, he received orders to VFA-125 for Replacement Pilot training in the F/A-18C Hornet.
 
Upon completion of Hornet transition training, Captain Snowden reported to the Mighty Shrikes of VFA-94, completing two deployments on board USS NIMITZ.  In August 2006, Captain Snowden reported back to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 as the Administration Department Head and instructor pilot.  In July 2007, CDR Snowden was ordered to the VFA-137 Kestrels where he served as a Department Head, deploying onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN. 
 
Captain Snowden next reported Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the Strike Fighter and Carrier Air Wing Placement Officer from October 2009 until July 2011.  After completing his tour in Millington, he reported back to Lemoore, CA where he assumed duties as the Executive Officer of VFA-122 in August 2011.
 
In October 2012, Captain Snowden reported to VFA-25 as the Executive Officer and fleeted up to Commanding Officer in February 2014.  Upon the completion of his command tour, Captain Snowden reported to the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy.
 
Captain Snowden has flown over 3100 hours and 650 arrested landings.  His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike / Flight Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Five Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal, unit and service awards.

 

 

 Command Master Chief

 

 

CMDCM (AW/SW/IW) Claude M. Henderson

 

Command Master Chief Claude M. (Hendu) Henderson is a native of Harlem, New York; he joined the U.S. Navy in September 1990. Following completion of Recruit Training Command, he attended Fire Controlman “A” School and Close-In Weapons “C” School at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL.
 
Master Chief Henderson’s first sea tour in 1992 was onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) home ported in Norfolk, VA. He made numerous deployments during this tour and advanced to Second and First Class Petty Officer. Following sea duty, he returned to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes in 2001 as an Instructor at FC “A” School. During his tour, he was selected as Chief Petty Officer and earned his Master Training Specialist Qualification.
 
In August of 2004, he reported onboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan where he was the CS-7 division Leading Chief Petty Officer. In 2006, he departed Japan and reported onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). During this tour, he was selected and sent on an Individual Augmentation to Iraq with the Sea Ram Battery Unit for one year. Upon his return to Vinson, he filled in as the CS7 Division Officer during the ship’s Refueling Complex Overhaul at the Northrop Grumman Shipyard in Newport News, Va. In November 2009, he reported to the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) as the Weapons Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
 
Following the successful completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy course in Newport, RI, he reported to Afloat Training Group Norfolk, where he served as the Carrier Team Leader and the command Safety Officer. He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer and selected to Command Master Chief. In April 2015, he attended Command Leadership School back in Newport, RI, completing the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat course. His CMC tours include Strike Fighter Squadron TWO FIVE in Lemoore, CA and NAVSUP FLC Norfolk. CMC Henderson reported onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in June 2019.