Commander Eli Owre

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75

28 October 2020 Commander Eli Owre is a native of Eugene, Oregon and earned his commission and degree in Mechanical Engineering at the United States Naval Academy in 2002.  He earned a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Post Graduate School in 2011.

Commander Owre earned his Wings of Gold in June 2004.  Throughout his aviation career he has been qualified in the SH-60B Seahawk, MH-60R Seahawk, and the MQ-8B Firescout and has over 2000 hours flying tactical military aircraft.

At sea he served at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL) 44 where he deployed on USS Hue City (CG 66) and USS Halyburton (FFG 40).  Duties there included Detachment Maintenance Officer and Squadron Quality Assurance Officer.  Additionally, he served as the Plankowner Detachment Officer-in-Charge at Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, embarking USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) to complete the Littoral Combat Ship Surface Warfare Mission Package developmental and operational testing, as well as the first ever embarkation of MH-60R and MQ-8B onboard LCS class ships.  He finished his tour at HSM-35 serving as the Maintenance Officer.

Assignments to shore and staff billets have included Operations Officer at HSM-41, Flag Aide to Commander Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) THREE, and Special Technical Operations (STO) planner on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-7 Joint Exercise Division.

His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and various unit, campaign, and service awards.
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