Commander Greg Knutson, a 2001 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2003. His first assignment was with the World Famous Golden Falcons of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TWO (HS-2), supporting Operations UNIFIED ASSISTANCE and ENDURING FREEDOM while deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).
CDR Knutson transferred from HS-2 to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10), serving as the SUPERHAWK NATOPS Program Manager, a NATOPS evaluator and Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. During his tour at HS-10 he was selected as the Instructor Pilot of the Year, completed the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor course at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, and completed his master’s degree from the University of San Diego.
Following his assignment with the HS-10, he transferred to the staff of Carrier Airwing TWO (CVW-2), supporting Operation NEW DAWN while deployed aboard CVN-72.
After completing his Airwing Staff tour, CDR Knutson joined the “Red Wolves” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron EIGHT FOUR (HSC-84), one of only two US Navy squadrons dedicated to Special Operations support. While assigned to HSC-84, he completed three deployments supporting the Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) Crisis Response Element. While deployed, he was the Navy Element Commander and Officer-in-Charge for Joint Special Operations Air Component Central, supporting theater Special Operations Forces.
Following his tour with the REDWOLVES, CDR Knutson was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Deputy Directorate for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations (J-33) in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division. He was subsequently selected as the Flag Officer’s Executive Assistant for the Deputy Directorate of ISR operations (J-32), providing strategic advice to the Secretary of Defense, Interagency Leadership, the National Security Council and members of Congress.
CDR Knutson has over 2,600 flight hours in the H-60F/H/S. His awards include the Sikorsky Rescue Award, received for humanitarian assistance efforts in Indonesia, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and other campaign and unit awards. He assumed command of the Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic, in November of 2019.