Captain Brian Pummill is a native of Piqua, Ohio. He graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. He entered flight training in November of 1994 and was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 1996.
Commander Jonathan D. Gray is a native of Paducah, KY. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, Oxford, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 2000.
Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Howell hails from Winnfield, LA and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 2001. After completing Boot Camp at RTC Great Lakes, he attended Personnelman “A” School in Meridian, MS. His first duty assignment was on USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan where he served as the Personnel Leading Petty Officer and completed a nine-month deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.