Leadership

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Captain Michael D. Fisher

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Captain Fisher enlisted in the Navy in 1984 through the Delayed Entry Program and reported to Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes in February, 1985. Captain Fisher earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1987 from the enlisted ranks as a nuclear trained Machinist Mate, through the Naval Academy Preparatory School, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. He reported to the Bullfrogs of HC-16 at NAS Pensacola in June 1991 while awaiting flight school.  In April 1992, Captain Fisher commenced Aviation Pre-Flight Indoctrination training at NAS Pensacola and reported to the Red Knights of VT-3 on NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. He earned his wings of gold in January 1994 from Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8).

Following initial H-46D “Sea Knight” Fleet Replacement Pilot training at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3), he reported to HC-11 in San Diego, California for his first operational tour and deployed aboard USS SACRAMENTO (AOE 1), and USS SHASTA (AE 33) in support of Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf Operations. In 1998, Captain Fisher returned to HC-3 to serve as a Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot.  Captain Fisher also served as National Secretary for the Naval Helicopter Association from 1998 until 2000.

Captain Fisher’s next assignment was Safety Officer and INSURV Coordinator aboard USS BOXER (LHD 4) from April 2000 to September 2002, conducting a six month deployment to the Arabian Gulf followed by an extended yard period.  While attached to USS BOXER, Captain Fisher earned his CICWO/OOD (in port)/CDO (in port)/OOD (underway) and CDO (underway).  Additionally, Captain Fisher was designated Special Evolutions OOD, an unusual but honorable designation for a non-Surface Warfare Officer.  In September 2002, Captain Fisher reported to HC-8 in Norfolk, Virginia and served as Operations Officer, Administrative Officer, and Detachment FOUR Officer-in-Charge aboard USNS ARCTIC (T-AOE 8) deploying with the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Groups in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Captain Fisher’s Detachment was the first helicopter unit since the Vietnam era to conduct ordnance vertical replenishment simultaneously to two underway aircraft carriers as operational strikes were being launched from both decks.

Reporting to US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) in February 2005, Captain Fisher served as the Navy Operations Readiness Officer in the J3 Directorate and worked extensively on rotational and emergent force requirements to support Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, also serving as the G-SORTS Functional Manager for all Services, DRRS Developer, and JOPES planner for contingency operations of Defense Support to Civil Authority and Homeland Defense.

In June 2008, Captain Fisher was assigned as Executive Officer of HT-8 until July 2009 when he assumed the duties of squadron Commanding Officer. During this tour, Captain Fisher also served as the Naval Helicopter Association, Region FIVE President. After an extremely successful CO tour, he relinquished command in October 2010, reporting to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center in San Diego, volunteering for a one year Global War on Terror (GWOT) Support Assignment to serve as Deputy Inspector General for US Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) at New Kabul Compound, seeing ground combat during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Before assuming responsibility as Branch Head for the Navy’s Suicide Prevention and Operational Stress Control programs, Captain Fisher served from April 2012 until May 2015 as Executive Officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida, training all new enlisted and officer aviation accessions in water survival and initial aviation preflight indoctrination, while simultaneously flying with Training Wing FIVE as an Associated Instructor Pilot in the TH-57.

Captain Fisher is a fully qualified Joint Service Officer, having completed JPME Phase I through the US Naval War College Distance Education Program Seminars, and his JPME Phase II through the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.  Captain Fisher also earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies through the Naval War College, concentrating in Middle Eastern Studies as his Area of Expertise.

Captain Fisher’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Captain Fisher is married to the former Kimberly J. Marks of Clifton, Virginia.  Together they have four children (two sets of twins), ages 11 and 14.