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Commanding Officer
Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic

Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Michael J. Eckert

Commanding OfficerA native of Mount Airy, Maryland, Cmdr. Michael J. Eckert graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 and later earned his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Engineering Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in 2015.

Eckert was designated a naval aviator in March 2008 and was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 in Norfolk, Virginia. Flying the MH-60S, he deployed onboard USS Nassau (LHA 4), USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), and USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in support of U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet operations.

Following a six-month period in 2012 serving as an instructor pilot at Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8 in Milton, Florida, he was selected to United States Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation, he served as the weapons and mine countermeasures project officer at Helicopter Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 from 2013 to 2016.

Eckert completed his department head tour at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2016 to 2019. He deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 onboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and as officer in charge onboard USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Following his department head tour, he served as a joint staff officer and battle watch captain in the Theatre Maritime Operations Center and as military assistant to Commander, Submarines NATO while attached to NATO Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, United Kingdom. He has been serving as the executive officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, since May 2022.

Eckert has flown over 2,900 hours in 25 different aircraft. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and personal awards.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |  VA Vet Center  |  FVAPDoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Site Map  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Webmaster | Information quality | Public Use notice | Useful Links
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