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.
CAPT Daniel Prochazka
Captain Daniel “Prozac” Prochazka was commissioned from the NROTC program at Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering in March 1999.
After designation as an E-2 Hawkeye Naval Aviator, Captain Prochazka joined the Liberty Bells of VAW-115 for his initial sea tour. Additional sea duty assignments include VAW-124 Bear Aces as a training officer, VAW-126 Seahawks as a department head, and VAW-125 Tiger Tails as Executive and Commanding Officer. He has deployed around the world including Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, NEW DAWN, and ENDURING FREEDOM.
He served ashore with the VAW-120 Greyhawks as a FRS instructor and Weapons Tactics Instructor, as a student at the Naval War College, and on the OPNAV Staff (N51). Additionally, he served as a Legislative Fellow for Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) during the 113th Congress.
Captain Prochazka holds Masters Degrees from Norwich University and the Naval War College. He also holds a Graduate Certificate from Georgetown University.
Captain Prochazka has accumulated over 4,250 flight hours and 183 combat missions. He is a three-time (2005, 2012, 2017) winner of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Peer Leadership Award and was the Hawkeye Pilot of the Year. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (5 Awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 Awards with “V”) among other personal and unit awards.
He reported aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in September 2019.
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.