CDR Manuel J. Pardo, United States Navy
COMMANDING OFFICER, HSM-46
Commander Pardo, a native of Miami, FL graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He was winged a Naval Aviator in 2002 and reported to the “Airwolves” of HSL-40, where he qualified in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter. He also holds Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Florida and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Commander Pardo’s sea-duty tours include HSL-42, where as a “Proud Warrior” he deployed to the SOUTHCOM AOR aboard USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29) and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard USS NORMANDY (CG 60); HSM-70, where he served as Quality Assurance Officer during the ramp-up for the “Spartans” inaugural MH-60R deployment to the 5th FLEET AOR aboard USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77); and the “Swamp Foxes” of HSM-74 where he served as a Detachment Officer-in Charge and the Squadron Maintenance Officer aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he has deployed to NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan serving as Director of Operations to the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron.
Commander Pardo’s shore-duty tours include HSL-40, as an FRS Instructor Pilot in Mayport, Florida and the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida. At HSL-40, Commander Pardo served as the Training Schedules and Assistant Training Officer. At CENTCOM, he served as Lead Exercise Planner while assigned to the J7, Director of Exercises and Training.
He assumed the role of Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR-SIX (HSM-46) in August 2018.
Commander Pardo’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight) (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and numerous campaign and unit awards.