Cmdr. Drew A. Huston
A native of Mount Shasta, California, Cmdr. Drew Huston graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in July 2004 and designated as a naval aviator in April 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in systems engineering. Huston completed the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapon School (CAEWWS) Advanced Mission Commander Course and is a Class 144 graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS).
Huston’s operational assignments include tours with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 (VAW-112) onboard USS John C. Stennis as a junior officer and VAW-121 onboard USS Nimitz and USS Abraham Lincoln as a department head. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and numerous international exercises in the Western Pacific.
Huston’s shore assignments include tours at Naval Postgraduate School, USNTPS, Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, and Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL). While at VX-20, he served as a developmental test pilot conducting initial flight, envelope expansion, and early operational test of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System in addition to testing mission system upgrades for E-2 series aircraft. In 2015, Huston was selected as the VX-20 Test Pilot of the Year. At CNAL, Huston served as the as the E-2/C-2 aircraft material/engineering class desk officer where he supported squadrons by planning maintenance intervals, modifications, and transitions to new series aircraft in support of fleet operational requirements.
Huston has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in 32 different aircraft and over 300 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and various campaign awards and unit commendations.