Captain Paul A. Hockran is a native of Andover, Ohio and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1995 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2015. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1996 at the 562nd Flight Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
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.