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Commander David R. Terry

Commander David R. Terry, a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, graduated from North Carolina State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a commision from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 2007 after completing primary flight training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and advanced rotary wing flight training at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. 

Commander Terry’s sea tours include service as the Aircraft Division Officer and Assistant Operations Officer with the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) Forty-Five, Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) Seventy-Five, and Operations Officer with the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) Seventy-Two. His sea time includes deployments aboard USS Gary (FFG-51) in support of counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) efforts, USS McCluskey (FFG-41) and USS Curts (FFG-38) in support of Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11). He also deployed aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68), two deployments with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and later in support of the first Dynamic Force Employment (DFE), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in support of Carrier Strike Group One (CSG-1). During his sea tours, he has been recognized as the HSL-45 Pilot of the Year, HSM-75 Pilot of the Year, HSM-72 Officer of the Year, Commander Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic Officer of the Year, and the Navy and Marine Corps Leadership award winner.   

His shore assignments include service as an instructor pilot and Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) Fourty-One, and placement officer with PERS-43 at Naval Personnel Command. During his shore tours, CDR Terry was selected as the HSM-41 Instructor Pilot of the Year and Commander Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific Pilot of the Year.

Commander Terry is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of HSM-78.
 
Commander Terry has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours in multiple aircraft including the SH-60B Sea Hawk and MH-60R Sea Hawk. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.
 

Last Updated: 18 October 2023

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