Executive Officer
Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 40 FRS
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Executive Officer
Cmdr. Naotomo K. Gibson

Cmdr. Naotomo K. Gibson is a native of Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering receiving a commission through NROTC.

After initial flight training in Pensacola, Florida, Gibson received his "Wings of Gold" and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2009. Immediately following Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training in the MH-60R, he reported to the "Saberhawks" of HSM-77 in North Island, CA. While a Saberhawk, he deployed on the USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and USS Momsen (DDG 92). He then participated in the squadron’s change of homeport to Atsugi, Japan, and deployed with the USS George Washington (CVN 73). Gibson was selected as the HSM-77 Pilot of the Year for 2013. In October of 2013, he reported to HSM-41 as an instructor pilot. Gibson served his next operational tour as a “Shooter” with the Air Department on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Gibson served his Department Head tour with the “Magicians” of HSM-35 in North Island, CA. While a Magician, he deployed as Detachment ONE Officer-In-Charge on board USS Gridley (DDG 101).

Gibson’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).


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