Captain Tim Hill, Commanding Officer NAWCTSD
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992 and completing short tours as a research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM and on the Chief of Naval Education and Training Staff, CAPT Hill earned designation as a Naval Flight Officer in January 1996. CAPT Hill then completed S-3B Fleet Replacement training at VS-41 in North Island, CA prior to reporting aboard VS-30 at NAS Cecil Field, FL.
While attached to the Diamondcutters, CAPT Hill deployed in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) NATO operations in the former-Yugoslavia and enforcing the United Nations no-fly zone and other sanctions in Iraq. He received honors as Sea Control Wing, Atlantic Fleet and Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN's Junior NFO of the Year during the tour. Next he returned to VS-41 as an instructor prior to selection to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Patuxent River, MD. CAPT Hill completed USNTPS as Class 119â€™s Outstanding Student and subsequently reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as a Viking project officer. He led test efforts for several upgrades to the S-3B weapons system before returning to USNTPS as an instructor.
He returned to operational flying with the Topcats of VS-31 at NAS Jacksonville, FL in 2003, deploying in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While serving as the Topcats Operations and Maintenance Department Head, the squadron was honored with the Atlantic Fleet Battle and Golden Wrench awards, and CAPT Hill was selected as the Senior NFO of the Year. CAPT Hill then reported to the staff of U.S. Special Operations Command as the Special Programs Branch Chief. After completing transition training in the F/A-18F Super Hornet at VFA-106 and Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic, he reported to VFA-32 in early 2009 and assumed command in July 2010 while deployed in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. The Swordsmen received honors as the Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Safety winner and were selected as the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award recipient from amongst all active duty squadrons.
CAPT Hill served in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office from late 2011 to late 2014 as Deputy Director, F-35 Mission Systems and Deputy Program Manager for Block 2B. Afterward, he was the Director of the Long Range Anti-Surface Missile Deployment Office, leading the transition of critical warfighting solution from DARPA demonstration effort to an accelerated major acquisition program. He reported as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando in June 2016 and assumed command November 2, 2018.
CAPT Hill has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in 32 different aircraft models, and he has logged nearly 750 carrier arrested landings. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, holds Masters degrees in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and in International Relations from Troy University, and is a designated Acquisition Professional. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, and Strike Flight Air Medal (2 awards) along with numerous additional personal decorations, campaign medals and unit citations.