Commander Eric Bell

Commanding Officer, Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 113

26 October 2020 Commander Bell is a native of Washington, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts (with distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in 2004.

Commander Bell’s sea assignments include: the VAW 113 Black Eagles (2005-2008), the VAW 116 Sun Kings (2011-2013), and the VAW 112 Golden Hawks (2013-2015). During his Division Officer tour with VAW 113, he completed two deployments aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), one of which was in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his Training Officer tour with VAW 116, he deployed aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During his Department Head tour with VAW 112, he served as Administrative Officer and Operations Officer, and deployed aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Commander Bell’s shore assignments include: the E-2C Hawkeye Weapons & Tactics Unit (WTU) (2008-2011) and United States Naval War College (2016-2017). While at the Hawkeye WTU, he completed the Weapons Tactics Instructor and TOPGUN Air Intercept Controller courses, and served as the Air Warfare, Strike Warfare, and Personnel Recovery subject matter expert. He was made the Assistant Officer-in-Charge in 2009 and named the E-2C Hawkeye NFO of the Year (Shore) in 2010. While at the Naval War College, he was chosen to join the Halsey Bravo Advanced Research Program and his Joint Military Operations research paper, “Hacker’s Paradise: Cybercrime and its Effects on Stability in Ukraine,” was selected for publication.

Commander Bell recently served as the Chief Staff Officer for Manpower at Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing.

Commander Bell reported to the VAW 113 Black Eagles as Executive Officer in June of 2018. He has logged more than 2,100 flight hours (in eleven different aircraft models), 31 combat missions, and more than 400 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Strike / Flight Air Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, and the Army Achievement Medal.
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