CDR Christopher D. Dotson,
VX-30 Chief Test Pilot
(U.S. Navy Photo)
Commander Chris Dotson is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania where he attended Neshannock High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and was commissioned in the United States Navy through the NROTC program in 1998. After completing advanced flight training at Training Squadron NINE (VT-9) in Meridian, Mississippi, LTJG Dotson was designated a Naval Aviator. He then completed initial training in the C-2A Greyhound at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO ZERO (VAW-120) in Norfolk, VA.
In May of 2001, LTJG Dotson reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron FOUR ZERO (VRC-40) in Norfolk, Virginia. Following the events of 9/11, he made two deployments to the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During these deployments, he served as Pilot and Aircrew Training Officer, NATOPS Officer, Admin Officer, and Head Landing Signals Officer. In May of 2004, he reported back to the Greyhawks of VAW-120 to serve as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Flight Instructor.
In July of 2004, LT Dotson was selected to the United States Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation with USNTPS Class 128 in December of 2005, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20), Patuxent River, Maryland where he served as a Project Officer and Test Pilot, performing developmental flight test and evaluation on numerous aircraft and weapons systems.
In April of 2009, LCDR Dotson returned to the Rawhides of VRC-40 for his Department Head tour where he served as the Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Officer-in-Charge of VRC-40 Detachment ONE. As the OIC of Det ONE, he again deployed to the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea with the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, as well as various counter piracy operations.
In October of 2011, LCDR Dotson reported back to VX-20 for a second test tour, where he served first as the K/C-130 Platform Coordinator, and then as the MQ-4C Triton Government Flight Test Director. During this tour, he re-designated into the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) Community.
In October of 2014, CDR Dotson reported to the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262) as the MQ-4C Triton Military Class Desk, and in July of 2016 reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ZERO (VX-30) to serve as the Chief Test Pilot.
CDR Dotson’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
CDR Dotson resides in Oak Park, CA with his beautiful wife Jaime, and their two children, Erin and Andrew.
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