USS George Washington
Commanding Officer


USS George Washington
Executive Officer


USS George Washington
Command Master Chief

GW Executive Officer

Captain Strong is a native of Seattle, Washington and graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989 with a degree in Biology.  He received a commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1992 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1994.

Captain Strong reported to the Seahawks of HSL-41 at NAS North Island, California for initial training in the SH-60B.   His first operational assignment was with the Warlords of HSL-51 at NAF Atsugi, Japan from September 1995 to October 1998, completing two long deployments aboard USS O’BRIEN (DD-975) and one long deployment aboard USS CURTS (FFG-38), and serving as a Detachment Maintenance Officer and the squadron NATOPS Officer. 

Captain Strong’s next assignment was to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada, where he helped stand up the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course while also serving as the Surface Warfare Subject Matter Expert, Mountain Flying Program Manager, and an instructor for the Naval Special Warfare Close Air Support Terminal Controller Course, the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapon School and Carrier Air Wing training. 

In March of 2002 he reported to the Seahawks of HSL-47 at NAS North Island as the squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor.  Following graduation from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama in July of 2004, Captain Strong returned to HSL-47, completing two long deployments as Combat Element Two Officer-in-Charge onboard USS SHOUP (DDG-83) and as squadron Maintenance Officer onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72).  While Maintenance Officer the Squadron earned the 2005 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award and in 2006 Captain Strong earned the Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, Helicopter Aviation Award. 

From January 2007 until December 2008, Captain Strong served as the US European Command J6 Liaison Officer to NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium.

From October 2009 until January 2011 he served as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of HSM-77.  During this time, the squadron completed one full work-up cycle, a combat deployment, a sustainment training cycle, and the beginning of another combat deployment all onboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) and Carrier Strike Group NINE ships.  HSM-77 earned the 2010 and 2011 Commander, Naval Air Force Battle “E” Efficiency Awards, the 2011 Secretary of the Navy Safety Award, the 2011 and 2012 US Navy nominations to the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards, and the Secretary of Defense Phoenix Award for 2011, the 2010 and 2011 Pacific Fleet Retention Awards, and the 2011 Arnold J. Isbell ASW Excellence Award.

Following Command, he served as the OPNAV Air Warfare Directorate (N98) MH-60R Requirements Officer.  In October 2012, Captain Strong was selected for Major Command and began his Naval Nuclear Power training in February 2013.  In 22 years of naval service, he has flown over 3,900 flight hours in 15 different aircraft.

He is married to the former Lori Rattan of Ouray, Colorado and has a son, Alexander.