A native of Delran, New Jersey, Commander Ott graduated and was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in 2003, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics. CDR Ott reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in October, 2003. He earned his Naval Pilot Wings in August 2005. In September 2005, CDR Ott reported to the HS-10 “Warhawks” for initial fleet training as an H-60F/H pilot.
CDR Ott began his operational flying in May 2006 with the “Indians” of HS-6. During his tour as an “Indian”, he made two deployments aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), participating in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. During this tour CDR Ott served as Legal Officer, Tactics Officer, Airframes Division Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer.
CDR Ott reported to Commander, Navy Region Southwest, as a flag aide in September 2009. During his service as a Flag Aide he liaised with numerous civilian and military entities to include base commanders, local and state leadership, and congressional representatives.
Following his flag aide tour, CDR Ott reported to the “Merlins” of HSC-3 for duty as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. During his time at HSC-3, he served as Student Control Officer and Assistant Training Officer. While at HSC-3, he also earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School.
CDR Ott returned to the fleet as a Department Head in HSC-8, the “Eightballers”. While with the “Eightballers”, he completed a detachment as officer-in-charge of the air detachment on the USNS MERCY, planning and participating in exercises with the PLA(N) Chinese surface ships and aircraft.