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Commanding Officer
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79
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Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Nikolas Rongers

The proud son of a Navy Senior Chief, Cmdr. Nikolas Rongers is a native of Dundee, Scotland and spent his formative years in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio, receiving his commission and bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004. 
Rongers earned his “Wings of Gold” in 2006 and has piloted the SH-60B and MH-60R helicopters throughout his aviation career.  His tours include detachment maintenance officer at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HSL) 44; Seahawk weapons and tactics instructor (SWTI) and operations department head at Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapon School Atlantic (HSMWSL); plank owner, squadron SWTI and training department head at HSM-48; and squadron operations officer at HSM-46. Rongers has gained extensive experience operating from amphibious assault aviation ships, destroyers, and frigates in support of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Fleet Commanders.  At sea he has served onboard USS McInerney (FFG 8), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), and USS New York (LPD 21).
His joint duty assignment was to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Strategy, Policy, and Plans Directorate (J5) located in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he served as a joint operations planner in the Civil Support Plans Branch directly supporting Lead Federal Agency and Department of Defense planning efforts for Defense Support of Civil Authorities and Foreign Disaster Relief operations. 
Rongers joined HSM-79 as executive officer in May 2021 during the squadron’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces – Europe homeport shift. He assumed command of the “Griffins” in Rota, Spain in June 2022.
Rongers has accumulated over 2,200 flight hours in naval aircraft.  His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various campaign, service and unit awards.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |  VA Vet Center  |  DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Site Map  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Webmaster | Information quality | Public Use notice | Useful Links
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