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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Commander Joel Voss
Executive Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85
27 October 2020
CDR Voss is a native of Holliston, MA and a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation in 2002. He was commissioned as an Ensign in June 2002 and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 2004. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University in August 2015.
Following H-60F/H Fleet Replacement Pilot training with the "Warhawks" of HS-10 in San Diego, CA, CDR Voss reported to the "Eightballers" of HS-8 in May 2005. He deployed aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) and USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74), supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. While at HS-8, CDR Voss served as the Training Officer, Avionics and Armament Division Officer, Quality Assurance Officer (QAO), and Tactics Officer. He was recognized as the 2008 Pilot of the Year.
In July, 2008, CDR Voss reported to the “Merlins” of HSC-3 as an MH-60S Instructor Pilot where he served as the Tactics Officer, Curriculum Model Manager, and Assistant Operations Officer. While at HSC-3, CDR Voss was awarded the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Leadership award.
In April of 2011, CDR Voss reported to the "Firehawks" of HSC-85 in San Diego, CA. He completed numerous exercises throughout North America in support of USSOCOM objectives. While at HSC-85, he served as the Aircraft Division Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In March, 2013, CDR Voss deployed in support of Special Operations Command, Central Command with the “Red Wolves” of HSC-84. He served as the detachment Assistant Operations Officer and Quality Assurance Officer.
In October, 2013 CDR Voss transitioned to the Selected Reserves and was re-assigned to the “Firehawks” of HSC-85 where he served as the Reserve Safety Officer and Reserve Operations Officer. In October, 2015, CDR Voss volunteered for an extended period of active duty and reported to Commander, Maritime Support Wing (MSW), San Diego, CA. While at MSW, Commander Voss managed the Safety and Training programs for over 750 reserve component personnel in 14 reserve units.
In June, 2019 CDR Voss deployed as the HSC-85 DETACHMENT ONE Officer-in-Charge. This was the squadron’s first deployment following the transition from the HH-60H to the MH-60S. The detachment provided direct support to Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) objectives in the INDOPACOM area of responsibility.
CDR Voss’ decorations include various campaign, unit, and individual awards. CDR Voss has accumulated over 2,500 hours in the SH-60F, HH-60H, and MH-60S.
HSC-85 Executive Officer