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
CMDCM (AW/SW) Dwight S. Clarke
Command Master Chief
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Dwight Clarke was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, and moved to Queens, New York, during his senior year in high school. He entered naval service in August 1992.
Following basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida, he reported to apprenticeship training in Orlando, where he completed aviation apprenticeship training before reporting to the fleet.
Clarke's first assignment at sea was on board USS Guam (LPH 9) from 1992 to 1997. During this tour, he was assigned to the flight deck as the Fly 2 petty officer and advanced to petty officer 3rd and 2nd class. In 1997-1999 he spent another two years at sea on board USS Nassau (LHA 4), where he was again assigned to the flight deck as the Fly 2 petty officer. He reported to USS George Washington (CVN 73) in 2002 and made multiple deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During this tour of duty, he was advanced to chief petty officer.
He then reported to USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), home ported in Japan, where he served in V1 division as flight deck chief and in V3 division as leading chief petty officer from 2006 to 2008. He returned to Japan, where he again served as V3 division's leading chief petty officer on board USS George Washington from 2011 to 2014. During this tour of duty he was advanced to the rank of senior chief petty officer.
His shore duty assignments include Naval Air Station Oceana, Air Detachment Norfolk, Virginia from 1999 to 2002, where he served as shift supervisor and leading petty officer for the transient line division. It was during this assignment that he was selected for advancement to 1st class petty officer. His second shore assignment took him to Naval District Washington from 2008 to 2011. During this tour he was assigned as leading chief petty officer for the Regional Transient Personnel Department and held various collateral duties to include regional Combined Federal Campaign manager and regional command sponsor/indoctrination coordinator.
Clarke was selected for the command senior chief program in January 2014 while stationed on board USS George Washington. Upon graduation from the Senior Enlisted Academy and command master chief course, he assumed duties as the command senior chief for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in October 2014. During this tour of duty, he was advanced to the rank of command master chief.
Clarke's personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Good Conduct Medal (five awards), Expert Pistol Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.