Commander Kenneth R. Colman

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41

27 October 2020 Commander Kenneth R. Colman graduated from Washington State University earning a commission through Officer Candidate School in July 2000 and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2001.  Following initial flight training he reported to HSL-41 for SH-60B Fleet Replacement training.
 
Commander Colman’s operational assignments include tours with HSL-47, CVW-11 / HS-6 and HSM-75. He deployed with the SABERHAWKS, Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2) and the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Strike Group during the first-ever Bravo to Sea deployment supporting and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Operations in Sumatra, Indonesia following the tsunami in 2004.  Serving as the Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer (ASW / ASUW) for Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN deploying with the USS NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group flying the SH-60F and HH-60H with The Screamin’ Indians of HS-6 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In January 2010 he reported to HSM-75 as the Quality Assurance, Training, and Operations Officer.  During his tenure, The Wolf Pack transitioned from the SH-60B to the MH-60R, from an Expeditionary to a CVW squadron and deployed for the first time with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN embarked USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). The Wolf Pack earned the Battle ‘E’, Jay Isabelle Trophy, and the SECDEF Maintenance Award for 2013.  Commander Colman was recognized as the 2013 Officer of the Year.  From October 2017 to March 2020 serving as Executive Officer and the ninth Commanding Officer of the SPARTANS of HSM-70.
 
Ashore Commander Colman served at HSM-41 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor flying the SH-60B and MH-60R from January 2006 to July 2008 and received squadron Pilot of the Year Award for 2008.  Following Department Head Tour was assigned to the Joint Staff, J-33 serving as Strategic Surveillance, Emergency Actions, Primary Strike Advisor, and Assistant Deputy Director of Operations for Team FOUR at the National Military Command Center.  From March 2016 to August 2017 he served as Executive Officer of HSM-40, the East Coast MH-60R FRS.  On July 30th, 2020,  he became the 29th Commanding Officer of HSM-41, the West Coast MH-60R FRS.  
 
Commander Colman earned a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from the University of San Diego and is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College for Joint Professional Military Education. He has flown over 4100 flight hours, 3200 in the H-60 accumulating 664 small deck landings.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and Flight and Instrument Instructor Certificates for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
Guidance-Card-Icon Dept-Exclusive-Card-Icon