Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell

Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Mr. Bryan Scurry

Executive Director, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Captain Walt ''Sarge" Slaughter

Chief of Staff, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Force Master Chief H. Trenton Schmidt

Force Master Chief, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Commander Kyle Johnson

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85

27 October 2020 A native of Southern California, Commander Kyle Johnson graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 2000 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology.  CDR Johnson was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in November 2002.  He reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training in January 2003 and designated a Naval Aviator in July 2004. 

CDR Johnson began his operational flying in May 2005 with the “Eightballers” of HS-8 after initial flight training on the SH-60F/HH-60H with the “Warhawks” of HS-10 in San Diego, CA.  He deployed aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) and USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

In July of 2008, CDR Johnson reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor.  He was awarded the 2010 Chief of Naval Air Forces Leadership Award for Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Pacific.

In March of 2011, CDR Johnson reported to Commander, Strike Forces Training Pacific as the Helicopter Sea Combat Training Officer conducting Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercises.

In August of 2012, CDR Johnson reported to the “Firehawks” of HSC-85 in San Diego, CA.  He completed numerous exercises and deployments in direct support of USINDOPACOM and Special Operations Command, Pacific strategic objectives. 

In November of 2016, CDR Johnson reported to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies with a focus in Irregular Warfare.

In December of 2017, CDR Johnson reported to OPNAV N98 Washington, D.C. as the Reserve Helicopter and Irregular Warfare Requirements and Resourcing Officer for Director, Air Warfare.

CDR Johnson’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and various campaign and unit, awards. CDR Johnson has accumulated over 2,300 hours in the SH-60F, HH-60H, and MH-60S.
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