Commander Courtney S. Herdt of Florence, South Carolina, 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 May 2004.
Commander Herdt reported to his first sea tour with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR TWO (HSL 42) in Mayport, Florida in 2005. During this tour, he held positions as Detachment Training Officer, Detachment Maintenance Officer, and Squadron Quality Assurance Officer. He served onboard USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) off the Horn of Africa and throughout the FIFTH FLEET Area of Operations. Additionally, he served onboard USS CARR (FFG 50) with the USS KEARSARGE ESG in support of the MEF and oil platform defense in the CENTCOM Area of Operations.
In July of 2008, Commander Herdt was selected as a 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. He then returned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR ZERO (HSL 40) as an SH-60B flight instructor. During this tour, he served as Legal Officer and Chief Flight Instructor, managing instructor standardization for both the SH-60B and MH-60R. After instructor duty, Commander Herdt served at Isa Air Force Base, Bahrain in 2012 where he augmented a Navy staff on a joint expeditionary base.
In April of 2013, he returned to Mayport, Florida as an Aviation Department Head at Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR SIX (HSM 46), where he qualified in the MH-60R. He led a detachment in USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40), executing the counter transnational organized crime mission. While at HSM-46 he served as squadron Operations Officer, directing and managing five forward-deployed detachments in the execution of over 6,500 flight hours.
Commander Herdt served at United States European Command (EUCOM) as a Joint 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 then reported to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR ZERO (HSM 40) in October 2019 as the Executive Officer, meeting CNATRA production milestones and advancing community goals and lethality.
He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Meteorology. Commander Herdt’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Individual), Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit commendations, service, and other campaign awards.