Cmdr. Jeremiah W. Farwell
Cmdr. Jeremiah W. Farwell, a native of Berthoud, Colorado, graduated from the University of Colorado in 2003, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Farwell was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for flight training in November 2003. He earned his naval aviator wings in June 2005. In August 2005, Farwell reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) “Warhawks” for initial fleet training in the SH-60F and HH-60H. In March 2020, Farwell received his Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies degree from the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Farwell began his operational flying in May 2006 with the “Chargers” of HS-14 stationed in Atsugi, Japan. While a “Charger”, he deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) completing three WESTPAC deployments and numerous multi-national exercises.
Farwell reported to the “Fleet Angels” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2 in June 2009 as an instructor pilot in the MH-60S. During this tour, he completed a detachment for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) in Haiti in January 2010. In April 2011, he graduated the Rotary Wing Weapon School in Fallon, NV as a weapons and tactics instructor (WTI).
Farwell returned to the fleet as the helicopter representative for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 staff in June 2012. While with CVW-1, he completed a deployment aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as both assistant operations officer and personnel recovery (PR) officer. While assigned to CVW-1, Farwell was selected as a HSC department head.
Farwell reported to the “Nightdippers” of HSC-5 in May 2014 for his department head tour. As a “Nightdipper”, he deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the operations officer. While deployed, Farwell conducted a PR detachment to Erbil, Iraq providing combat search and rescue for U.S. and Coalition forces in Iraq.
Following his department head tour, Farwell served as the Helicopter Sea Assignments detailer to PERS-43. At Navy Personnel Command, he coordinated orders for junior officers while managing their careers and ensuring the health of naval aviation. While attached to PERS-43, Farwell was selected for commander command.
Farwell has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in 5 aircraft including 34 combat sorties. His awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service awards.