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 Matthew “Brasso” Davin

Chief Operational Test Director, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9

21 January 2021 A native of Rochester, NY, Commander Davin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. CDR Davin reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in August 2002, and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2005 at NAS Meridian, MS.
Following initial training in the F/A-18E/F with VFA-122, CDR Davin joined the “Black Knights” of VFA-154, based at NAS Lemoore, CA.  He made two deployments aboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74), flying missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
CDR Davin reported to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD as part of Class 137, graduating in June 2010.  CDR Davin was then assigned to VX-23, serving as Head Landing Signal Officer in the Carrier Suitability department while also earning a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
CDR Davin then attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, receiving a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
CDR Davin returned to the fleet as a department head with the “Eagles” of VFA-115, based at NAF Atsugi, Japan.  He made five Western Pacific patrols aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS RONALD READAN (CVN 76).
CDR Davin then reported to U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, CO, where he worked the maritime desk in the NORAD-USNORTHCOM Command Center.  He later served as Maritime Watch Instructor, working from Cheyenne Mountain AFS.
CDR Davin reported in March 2018 as Executive Officer of the VFA-151 “Vigilantes” based at NAS Lemoore, CA.  He became Commanding Officer in August 2019 and led the squadron through a pre-deployment training cycle as part of Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) with USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).
CDR Davin has accumulated 2,600 flight hours in 22 aircraft with 560 carrier arrested landings, including 29 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, and other personal, unit, service, and campaign awards.

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