Cdr. Justin P. Eckhoff assigned to Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 (HSM-78)

Cdr. Justin P. Eckhoff recently became the new Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 (HSM-78). He succeeds former Commanding Officer, Cdr. Jerry N. Ragadio, in the position. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in November 2005. Cdr. Eckhoff began his operational flying in September 2006 with the “Battlecats” of HSL-43 and deployed as Detachment THREE Operations and Training Officer aboard USS Jarrett (FFG 33), and as Detachment TWO Maintenance Officer aboard USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60). He reported to the “Easy Riders” of HSM-37 for his department head tour in April 2015. He deployed as Detachment SEVEN Officer in Charge onboard USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) as part of Carrier Strike Group THREE. Ashore, Cdr. Eckhoff served as the squadron Training Officer and Maintenance Officer. Then he reported to U.S. European Command, J-3 directorate as a Staff Officer in November 2017. Most recently he served as the Executive Officer of HSM-78. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Naval Post Graduate School.


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