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Commander Brian Koch
Commander Brian Koch

Executive Officer, Naval Support Activity South Potomac

CDR Brian D. Koch was born in Naples, Italy. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and received his commission through the Naval ROTC Scholarship Program in 2002. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, graduating with honors in 2018.

He completed flight school in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his wings in September, 2003. Following training in the SH-60B Seahawk, he reported to HSL-48 “Vipers” in Mayport, Florida where he deployed onboard USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), USS McInerney (FFG 8), and USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) to the USSOUTHCOM AOR and the North Atlantic in support of Counter-Narco Terrorism, UNITAS, PANAMAX, Joint Warrior, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

CDR Koch then served as an Instructor Pilot at the Fleet Replacement Squadron HSL-40 “Airwolves” in Mayport, Florida from 2007 to 2010. During his tour he flew over 600 instructional hours in the SH-60B and performed as Aviation Safety Officer, Assistant NATOPS Officer, and Class Advisor. 

He reported to Destroyer Squadron 28 (DESRON 28) in Norfolk, Virginia in 2010, where he served as Air Operations Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer aboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69), deploying to 5th Fleet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After becoming qualified in the MH-60R Seahawk, CDR Koch reported to the “Grandmasters” of HSM-46 in Mayport, FL in 2013, where he served as Maintenance Officer, Detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and Safety Officer.  His detachment embarked USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), deploying with the USS Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group to the 5th Fleet, executing over 1,400 flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2015 he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 (HX-21) “Blackjacks” in Patuxent River, Maryland. He served as the Director of Safety and Standardization at the developmental flight test and evaluation squadron for all rotary-wing and tilt-rotor aircraft in the US Navy and Marine Corps, being awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Safety Excellence Award for 2016.

CDR Koch then reported to United States Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Nebraska in 2018 where he served as Nuclear Strike Advisor with the Airborne Command Post (ABNCP). He flew over 400 flight hours in the E-6B Mercury and conducted over 110 mission sorties in support of Nuclear Command and Control with the “Looking Glass”. 

On September 30, 2021, CDR Koch arrived at Naval Support Activity South Potomac where he serves as the command’s executive officer.  

CDR Koch has more than 2500 flight hours in the MH-60R, MH-60S, SH-60B, MV-22B, AH-1Z, CH-53E, TH-57B/C, and T-34C.  Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and various other unit awards. 

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