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Commanding Officer
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Commanding Officer
Cmdr. David J. McLaughlin



A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Cmdr. David McLaughlin enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon graduating high school in 1996. After completing boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois he went on to become a fire controlman working on the Tomahawk cruise missile system onboard the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) before being selected for ROTC at his three-year mark. McLaughlin attended the University of St. Thomas located in St. Paul, Minnesota and was commissioned in May of 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  After graduation, he began his aviation career with primary flight training in Enid, Oklahoma followed by advanced multi-engine training in Corpus Christi, Texas where he earned his “Wings of Gold” in July of 2005.  Upon completing initial P-3C Fleet Replacement Training, McLaughlin joined Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 after their homeport change in Whidbey Island, Washington in January of 2006 where he completed Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Fleet deployments, flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  While assigned to VQ-2, McLaughlin served as the public affairs officer, schedules officer, assistant training officer and pilot training officer.
 
In June, 2009, McLaughlin reported for instructor duty at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 based in Jacksonville, Florida.  While attached to the “Pro’s Nest”, he served as division officer, VQ tactics officer, airframes branch officer, aircraft division officer, instructor pilot, and instructor-under-training (IUT) instructor pilot.
 
In May, 2012, McLaughlin reported to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as a catapult and arresting gear officer and served as the V-2 division officer.  During this tour, he deployed to Fifth Fleet on a nine-month deployment.
 
In July 2014, McLaughlin reported to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 as the assistant operations officer and began his transition to the P-8 airframe. McLaughlin augmented VP-45 on their Seventh Fleet deployment allowing him to increase his VP background complementing his VQ background in the new Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft grouping.
 
In January, 2016, McLaughlin reported to VP-10 for his department head tour where he served as the naval air training and operating procedures standardization officer, operations officer, and maintenance officer.  While attached to the “World Famous Red Lancers”, he completed two deployments to the Sixth and Seventh Fleets.
 
Following his department head tour, McLaughlin was assigned to U.S. Strategic Command in August, 2018 where he served as an emergency action officer. In June of 2020, McLaughlin assumed executive officer duties at the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School.
 
McLaughlin’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1), Air Medal (5), Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (1) and various unit and campaign decorations.

 

 
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