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Commander Scott A. Swagler enlisted in the U.S. Navy from Watertown, N.Y. in 1990 and completed basic training at NRTC San Diego. He completed Naval aircrewman candidate school, Naval aircrew rescue swimmer school, and rate training as an avionics technician before reporting to fleet replacement aircrew training (FRAC) at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 16. AT3 Swagler reported aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) where he completed a WESTPAC deployment serving as an AIMD avionics technician and as a Naval aircrew rescue swimmer with the ship’s UH-1N Huey crew.
 
In July 1992, he transferred to Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron (HC) 3 for FRAC training in the H-46D helicopter and then reported to the gunbearers of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11 where he completed two WESTPAC deployments aboard USS New Orleans (LPH 11). In 1996, AT2(AW) Swagler transferred to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada as an inland search and rescue aircrewman, until his selection for the seaman to admiral (Legacy) commissioning program.
 
Ens. Swagler attended officer candidate school and was commissioned in June 1997. After completing flight training in the T-34 and TH-57 aircraft, he was designated a Naval aviator in April 1999. He then reported to HC-3 for initial fleet replacement pilot (FRP) training in the H-46D helicopter.
 
In December 1999, Lt j.g. Swagler was reassigned to HC-11, where he served as division officer, communications officer, and assistant maintenance officer. He completed two WESTPAC deployments aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) and RIMPAC aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1). From 2003 to 2006, Lt. Swagler attended the University of San Diego, graduating with honors, earning a B.A. in history.
 
In October 2006, he reported aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) where he served as catapult and arresting gear officer (Shooter), air department fuels division officer (V-4) and admin officer (V-5) during the nuclear aircraft carrier’s refueling complex overhaul. In April 2007, upon completion of HSC-3 FRP training in the MH-60S helicopter, Lt. Cmdr. Swagler joined the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 for his department head tour. He served as the safety officer, training officer and operations officer. As the officer in charge of Detachment FIVE on board Peleliu during WESTPAC 2010, he earned the distinction as aircraft mission commander for the squadron’s first hellfire missile shoot, and successfully led the Navy’s first MH-60S Armed Helicopter detachment to sea. In August 2011, he attended the U. S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., earning an M.A. in national security and strategic studies. In August 2012, Swagler reported to U.S. Northern Command Joint Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the air domain officer. In December 2014, Cmdr. Swagler was assigned as the executive officer of Navy Recruiting District Portland, Ore.
 
Swagler has accumulated more than 2400 hours in the UH-1N, H-46D and MH-60S helicopters. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Good Conduct Award (2) and various other unit and theatre awards and citations.

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