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Commander Carl S. Liptak

Commander Carl S. Liptak is a native of Russell, Massachusetts. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2003, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School as an Ensign in the United States Navy in January of 2004. Following flight school and initial training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in November of 2006 and was assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10), San Diego, CA, for advanced helicopter training.

CDR Liptak’s initial fleet assignment was Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) in Jacksonville, FL. During his time with the “Red Lions”, he completed multiple carrier detachments and deployed to Balad, Iraq in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component for operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Immediately following this tour CDR Liptak volunteered for a Global Support Assignment (GSA) at Regional Command South Future Operations (CJ-35), Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of NATO International Security Force Assistance (ISAF) and operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

CDR Liptak returned to San Diego and HS-10 in 2010, serving as a Fleet Instructor Pilot. Upon decommission of the squadron, he transitioned the HH-60H training syllabus to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3) and began instruction in the MH-60S. Following this tour CDR Liptak was selected for Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with distinction with a Masters of Arts in Management in 2014.

CDR Liptak reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron EIGHT (HSC-8) in December of 2014, serving as a Department Head and deploying with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). Following this tour, CDR Liptak was assigned to US Africa Command Operations Directorate (J3) in Stuttgart, Germany serving as an Operations Officer, Crisis Response Planner, and Exercise Branch Chief.

CDR Liptak has logged over 2,400 flight hours in multiple H-60 series aircraft. He is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight award), the Joint Forces Commendation Medal, and various individual, unit, and campaign medals. 

Last Updated: 28 May 2022


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