Commander Christopher Lemon

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85

27 October 2020 A native of Beacon, New York, Commander Lemon graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 2002, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  Following graduation and commissioning as an Ensign, he earned a Master of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 2003.  He subsequently reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2004.  He is also a 2012 graduate with distinction from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College Distance Education Program.
His sea duty assignments include tours at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FIVE ONE (HSL 51) in Atsugi, Japan, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN FIVE (HSM 75), in San Diego, California, and his department head tour at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron EIGHT FIVE (HSC 85), also in San Diego, California.  He has made numerous operational deployments and participated in countless exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region aboard USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62), USS MUSTIN (DDG 89), USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), and USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), and ashore in Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines.  His shore duty assignments include a tour as an MH-60R Instructor Pilot at Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR ONE (HSM 41), in San Diego, California. In 2011, he deployed to Misawa, Japan to support Operation TOMODACHI and helped coordinate air and humanitarian assistance logistics for Commander, Task Force SEVEN SIX (CTF 76) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). 

Following his department head tour, CDR Lemon served as the Reserve Helicopter Program Manager on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve (CNAFR), in San Diego, California.  His responsibilities included managing resourcing and requirements for all Navy Reserve helicopter squadrons and helicopter augment units.

CDR Lemon transitioned to the Selected Reserve in October 2012 and to Full Time Support in September 2013.  Following his staff tour, he reported back to HSC 85 and assumed the duties of Executive Officer in October 2018.  He has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours, 500 shipboard landings, and qualified in every series of Navy H-60 helicopter.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and various unit and service awards and ribbons.
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