COMMANDER COURTNEY S. HERDT
Commander Herdt was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2002, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Meteorology.
CDR Herdt was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 2004 and reported to his first sea tour with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR TWO (HSL-42) in Mayport, Florida in 2005. He held positions as Detachment Training Officer, Detachment Maintenance Officer and Squadron Quality Assurance Officer. During his tour he served in USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) off the Horn of Africa and throughout the FIFTH FLEET AOR and in USS CARR (FFG 50) with the USS KEARSARGE ESG in support of the MEF and oil platform defense in the CENTCOM AOR.
In July of 2008, CDR Herdt was selected by the WARCOM Commander to be his flag lieutenant for the re-establishment of FOURTH FLEET. In July of 2008, CDR Herdt was selected by the WARCOM Commander to be his flag lieutenant for the re-establishment of FOURTH FLEET. His tour took him to 18 countries where he was instrumental in supporting the commander while fostering diplomacy, supporting military engagements and furthering interagency cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere. Following his tour at FOURTH FLEET, CDR Herdt returned to HSL-40 as a SH-60B flight instructor. During his tour the squadron transitioned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR ZERO (HSM-40) and became the East Coast MH-60R Fleet Replacement Squadron. He served as Legal Officer and Chief Flight Instructor in which he managed instructor standardization and both the SH-60B and MH-60R training syllabus. After instructor duty, CDR Herdt served at Isa Air Force Base, Bahrain in 2012 where he augmented a Navy staff on a joint expeditionary base. He served as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Administrative Officer, Legal Officer, Protocol Officer and Royal Bahraini Liaison Officer.
In April of 2013, CDR Herdt returned to Mayport, Florida as an Aviation Department Head at Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR SIX (HSM-46) and qualified in the MH-60R. He stood up Detachment FOUR as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for a SOUTHCOM deployment in USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40). He also served as OIC on USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99) and USS NORMANDY (CG 60) supporting the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CSG. While at HSM-46 he served as squadron Operations Officer, directing and managing five forward-deployed detachments in the execution of over 6500 flight hours in support of operations throughout SOUTHCOM, EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs.
CDR Herdt most recently served at United States European Command (EUCOM) in the ECJ5 as a political-military officer. His primary responsibility during his tour was to ensure basing, access and overflight permissions from Western European countries in support of EUCOM, AFRICOM, CENTCOM and NATO. He also ensured foreign military sales, joint training and exercises met national objectives and worked to achieve NATO capability targets. Specifically, he was integral in maintaining relations with the United Kingdom and France during his two-year tour. CDR Herdt reported to HSM-40 in October of 2018 as the Executive Officer.
CDR Herdt’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Individual), Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (4), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous other campaign and unit awards. He holds a Master’s Degree in Operations Management, from University of Arkansas.