In a ceremony held September 20, Commander (Cdr.) Christopher Herr, U.S. Navy, assumed command of the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 (HSM-70) from Commander Amy Bauernschmidt. The event took place at Hangar 117 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
Commander Herr was born on Martha’s Vineyard in 1972. He grew up in West Tisbury, where he attended elementary and junior high school. He graduated from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1990. His parents are Pat and Doug Herr of Edgartown.
A 1995 graduate of Boston College, he earned his wings in November 1997. Flying the UH-3H helicopter, he served at Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 51 (HSL-51) for three deployments. After transitioning to the SH-60B helicopter, Commander Herr joined HSL-43 and was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He subsequently served a tour as a flag aide and attended the Naval War College.
Commander Herr returned to HSL-43 to serve as a Detachment Two Officer in Charge and later as a maintenance officer. He went on to serve a tour with the Joint Staff, which is composed of personnel from all the four services and assists the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In June 2011 he reported for duty as the HSM-70 Executive Officer in June 2011.
Commander Herr will be the squadron’s fourth Commanding Officer.