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Commander Michael A. Perez
United States Navy

Commander
Michael A. Perez

Commanding Officer
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO
United States Navy

Commander Michael Perez of Vandalia, Ohio graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in May 2002. He reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 2004.

Following Fleet Replacement training in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, he reported to the Proud Warriors of HSL-42 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Serving as Detachment Maintenance Officer, he made deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM as a part of the USS IWO JIMA Expeditionary Strike Group and USS ENTERPRISE Carrier Strike Group operating in the US Central Command Area of Responsibility. He was awarded HSL-42 ‘Pilot of the Year’ award in 2007.

In January 2008, Commander Perez was assigned to the HSL Fleet Replacement Squadron, the HSL-40 Airwolves, as an instructor pilot at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. He flew nearly 1,000 hours as an instructor and was awarded HSL-40 ‘Officer of the Year’ in 2010.

In January 2011, he reported to the USS RONALD REAGAN as an Arresting Gear and Catapults Officer (shooter) and deployed with Carrier Strike Group SEVEN to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. While deployed, USS RONALD REAGAN conducted Operation TOMADACHI following the earthquake off the coast of Japan in March and launched sorties as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM AFGHANISTAN later into deployment. As V-1 Division Officer, he led over 150 Sailors comprising one of the largest divisions on board. In 2012, the USS RONALD REAGAN completed a homeport change to Naval Station Puget Sound in Bremerton, Washington.

In October 2013, he reported to the Vipers of HSM-48 as Naval Station Mayport, Florida. He served as detachment officer in charge in USS LEYTE GULF (CG-55) from August 2014 to January 2015 during which the USS LEYTE GULF deployed as flagship of STANDING NATO MARITIME GROUP ONE (SNMG-1) conducting multiple NATO maritime exercises in the 6th Fleet AOR. Following deployment, he served as HSM-48 Squadron Maintenance Officer. In October 2015, he reported to NATO JOINT FORCE COMMAND in Brunssum, The Netherlands as an Exercise Planning Officer coordinating pre-deployment training for staff officers and ground advisors from twenty-nine member nations deploying to Afghanistan as part of NATO’s RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission.

Commander Perez is a graduate of the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, earning a Master of Business Administration degree in 2010. He has accumulated more than 2,300 flight hours and awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Award, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy, Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations, service and campaign awards.