Commander Dennis S. Lloyd, USN
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO
Commander Dennis Lloyd was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in Plano, Texas, and was commissioned as an Ensign via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at the University of Texas at Austin. Following initial flight training at Training Squadron (VT) 10 and VT-86, he was designated a naval flight officer in February 1997.
His operational assignments include the world-famous Scouts of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 24 based in Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed deployments supporting operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom while attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 on board USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
After transitioning to the P-3C community, Lloyd reported to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed a multi-site deployment with VP-5 in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom while attached to Combined Task Force (CTF) 67 and CTF-57. Subsequently, he completed a department head tour with the Skinny Dragons of VP-4 in Hawaii, serving as the safety/NATOPS officer, maintenance officer and operations officer and completing a deployment to the U.S. 7th fleet AOR attached to CTF-72. On that deployment, he served as Task Group 72.2 and 72.4 maintenance and operations officer and as officer-in-charge of a multiple-aircraft detachment to Misawa Air Base, Japan, that provided initial airborne search, rescue and disaster relief operations in support of Operation Tomodachi.
Lloyd’s shore duty tours include attending the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as part of Class 130 and two additional assignments to VX-20. During his first test tour as a project officer, he oversaw the developmental test of numerous P-3C avionics programs, including P-3C tactical mission and acoustic software, the Improved Extended Echo Ranging (IEER) System, the Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer (TORT), and the Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS). During his second test tour, he served as the P-8A mission systems test lead, during which time the P-8A program successfully transitioned to initial operational test and evaluation, completed integration and testing of the AGM-84D missile, and successfully finished the final testing required for the aircraft’s initial operational deployment.
Lloyd reported to VX-20 as the squadron’s 21st chief test pilot in May 2014. He served in this capacity until assuming command of the squadron in December 2015.
Lloyd’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and numerous unit-level awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a DAWIA Level III Test and Evaluation certification. He has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in over 20 different type/model/series aircraft and over 300 carrier landings in the S-3B
CMDCS (AW/FMF/SW) Monica J Kuhl
Command Senior Chief
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20
Senior Chief (AW/FMF/SW) Monica J. Kuhl was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and entered Naval Service in June 2000. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Illinois she reported to Religious Program Specialist “A” School in Meridian Mississippi and continued on to Chaplain and Religious Program Specialist Expeditionary Skills Training at Camp Johnson, North Carolina.
Senior Chief Kuhl’s first assignment was at Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa Japan from 2001-2002. During her tour she served as a staff RP.
Her next tour was at 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar in San Diego California, from 2002-2005. Serving as a squadron RP she deployed to Iraq in 2003 and Germany in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.
In 2005, she reported to First Marine Division in Camp Pendleton California, where she served as the Headquarters Battalion RP from 2005-2007. While there she was temporarily assigned to 9th Communication Battalion and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, where she deployed again to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.
In 2005, she reported to Recruit Division Commander School in Great Lakes Illinois from 2007-2010. During this tour, she served as a Recruit Division Commander and was promoted to Petty Officer First Class.
From there she reported to the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) from 2010-2011, in San Diego where she served as the Leading Petty Officer of Religious Ministries Department. While there she assisted in the ship conducting a homeport change to Bremerton, Washington and was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
She then reported to the USS CARL VINSION (CVN-70) in San Diego, California from 2012-2014. While there she served as Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer for Religious Ministries Department and deployed in 2012.
In January of 2014, she reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington D.C. and was advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. She served there until she reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) in October of 2016 to serve as the Command Senior Chief.
Senior Chief Kuhl’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (4 awards), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (5 awards),and various campaign, unit and service awards.