Commander Ian “Zoo” Adams is a native of Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Minor in Japanese. He holds a Master of Business; from the Naval Postgraduate school and completed the Joint Warfighting School – JPME II at the National Defense University. He earned his wings of gold in May of 2007
At sea, he served as NATOPS and Quality Assurance Officer (QAO) at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWENTY-ONE where he deployed twice to the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Basra, Iraq and Udairi, Kuwait flying MEDEVACs in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He also served as flag aide to the Commander Carrier Strike Group NINE aboard “America’s Flag Ship,” USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). Finally, as the maintenance and operations officer at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SIX attached to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CV-71), he completed a C3/5/7F deployment in support of TRI-CVN OPS in the Sea of Japan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. In May 2021, he reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO ONE as Executive Officer.
His shore tours include service at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructor pilot where he served as the lead standardization pilot and was the Squadron’s 2013 Pilot of the Year. He most recently served at US AFRICA COMMAND HQ in Stuttgart, Germany, as a Joint Future Operations Planning Officer (J-35) and as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations, ACJ3.
Commander Adams has over 2,700 flight hours in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards. He was the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) Pilot of the year for FY18.