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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Captain Will "Easy" Eastham
Commanding Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3
26 October 2020
CAPT Will "Easy" Eastham received his commission from the University of Virginia ROTC in 2000, is a native of Amissville, Virginia, and earned his "wings of gold" in March 2002. He then reported to the "Merlins" of HSC-3 in San Diego, CA for fleet aircraft training in the MH-60S.
In 2002, he joined the HC-6 "Chargers" of Norfolk, VA while deploying onboard USNS SIRIUS (T-AFS-8) and USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. While ashore, CAPT Eastham served as Squadron Communications, Legal and NATOPS Officer.
CAPT Eastham returned to HSC-3, San Diego, CA, in 2006 as a FRS Instructor Pilot where he served as the CNO SAR Evaluator, CNO SAR Model Manager, and Commander Naval Air Forces MH-60S NATOPS/CRM Program Manager and Evaluator. During his tour, he flew over 850 mishap-free instructional hours and earned a MS of Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.
In February of 2009, CAPT Eastham reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer where he qualified as Flight Deck Shooter and Assistant Air Officer while serving as Bow Catapult Branch Head, V-2 Division Officer, and CVN-76 "TOPCAT". He deployed with the RONALD REAGAN STRIKE GROUP to the 5th FLEET AOR in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and participated in the 2010 RIMPAC Exercise.
CAPT Eastham reported to the "Wildcards" of HSC-23, San Diego, CA, in 2011 where he served as Officer-in-Charge of Expeditionary Combat Element Detachment ONE embarked onboard USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD-8) with the 11th MEU. Upon return from the ship's maiden overseas deployment, CAPT Eastham completed his tour as the Squadron Operations Officer.
In 2013, CAPT Eastham reported to the United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction in Washington, D.C. as DOD Coordinator and Exercise Planner. He is a 2014 graduate of Joint Forces Staff College and has earned designation as a Joint Qualified Officer (JQO).
Following command selection, CAPT Eastham reported in July 2016 to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE (HSC-25) onboard Anderson Air Force Base, Guam as the Executive Officer and assumed command from September 2017 until October 2018. HSC-25 received the FY18 Battle “E” Award spanning the width of his command tour.
Upon completion of his initial command tour, CAPT Eastham reported to Naval Personnel Command, Millington, TN as PERS-431B / O-5 Helicopter Assignments and was subsequently selected for Bonus Command of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE Merlins starting in May 2020.
CAPT Eastham has accumulated over 2,650 flight hours and has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award twice. He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit, personal, and campaign medals.
HSC-3 Commanding Officer