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Rear Admiral Jeff Hughes is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a 1988 graduate of Duke University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He was designated a naval aviator in September 1989 and has flown the MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk helicopters throughout his career.
His sea duty assignments include his initial squadron and detachment OIC/department head tours with the Swamp foxes of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 44 where he deployed in USS Carr (FFG 52), USS Elrod (FFG 55) and USS John Hancock (DD 981), supporting Strike Group deployments with the USS America (CV 66) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He was named HSL 44 Pilot of the Year and was the co-recipient of the Commanding Officer's Helmsman Award for calender year (CY) 1993. He also served as the flag lieutenant to Commander, Carrier Group 4, where he embarked all six East Coast Aircraft Carriers in support of six intermediate and advanced phase Strike Group underway training (C2X/JTFEX) periods.
He served as the executive officer then the 14th commanding officer of the Fighting Vipers of HSL-48. He was the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award for CY 2007.
He also served as the commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet during a period of significant transition and growth in the HSM community.
His shore assignments include: Navy Space Command's Detachment Alfa officer-in-charge. Assistant Aviation Captain Detailer and HSL/HS placement officer in Navy Personnel Command (PERS 43), division chief for Africa in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (JS) of the Joint Staff and recently as the executive assistant to the director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98).
He graduated with distinction from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, receiving a master of arts in national security and strategic studies and full joint professional military education (JPME) credit.
Hughes began serving as the 21st commander of the Navy Recruiting Command on September 4, 2015.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and various other personal, unit, service and campaign awards. He is proud to have served on teams that have received numerous unit commendations and Battle Efficiency awards.
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