Capt. Mike Belcher assumed command of PMA-260 on April 24, 2008. Belcher is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., enlisted in the Navy in August 1979. After completing Basic Training and Aviation Machinist Mate “A” School, he was assigned to HT-18 and subsequently HC-16 in Pensacola, Fla. After graduating from Troy State University, Ala., he was commissioned an Ensign and was later designated an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer.
From 1985 to 1997, Belcher served in various ground aviation maintenance officer billets in VF-211, VAW-112, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Naval Air Station Miramar Calif., and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, Pacific. During that time, he deployed in USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), and made three deployments in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).
In January 1998, Belcher reported to USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) where he served as AIMD Production Control Officer, deploying to the Persian Gulf in 1999 in support of “Operation Southern Watch.” He was subsequently assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) as a Requirements Officer for Aviation Technical Training. During that tour, he completed requirements and earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in Technology Management.
In April 2002, Belcher reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) as AIMD Officer and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea during the initial phase of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” In May 2004, he reported to Naval Air Systems Command, Aviation Support Equipment Program Office (PMA-260) as Deputy Program Manager for the Consolidated Automated Support System. In December 2006, he reported to the Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers as Director for Aviation.
Belcher's decorations include six Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service related awards and campaign ribbons. He is a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Corps and is certified Level III in Program Management and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing.