Cmdr. Thaddeus "Scrubs" Rusinek
Cmdr. Thaddeus “Scrubs” Rusinek, a native of Yarmouth, Maine, was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the University of Maine where he earned a degree in mathematics. Designated a Naval Aviator in April of 2007, he reported to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 in San Diego, CA for initial training in the H-60B.
In 2008, Rusinek reported to the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of CTF 158 onboard USS Curts (FFG 38) as a part of Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. Following deployment, he transitioned to the H-60R and deployed in 2010 with HSM-77 as the detachment maintenance officer onboard USS Halsey (DDG 97) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Rusinek transitioned to the H-60S and reported to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at Naval Air Station Fallon, NV in 2011. As part of the U.S. Navy’s Rotary Wing Weapons School, he served as a weapons tactics instructor (WTI), air wing instructor, and mountain flying instructor.
Following shore duty, Rusinek reported to the “BattleCats” of HSM-73 in 2014 where he served as the squadron WTI and training officer, deploying with Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While at HSM-73, Rusinek was recognized as the 2016 Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific Tactician of the Year.
For his Department Head tour, Rusinek reported to the “Raptors” of HSM-71 in 2016, where he served as detachment officer in charge aboard USS William P Lawrence (DDG 110) as part of Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) during their West Pacific deployment. Rusinek later served as the squadron training officer and operations officer aboard USS John C Stennis (CVN 74).
Prior to reporting to HSM-70 as the executive officer, Rusinek earned a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and participated in the Halsey Bravo Group Advanced Research Program, and was the executive officer of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, HSM-40 in Mayport, FL.
Rusinek has logged over 2,800 hours in the H-60B/R/S/F helicopters and has been awarded the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other unit commendations and service medals.