A native of Wausau, WI, CDR Hurst graduated from the United States Naval
Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He
earned his Navy Wings of Gold in May of 1999 and reported to the Rough
Raiders of VFA-125 in Lemoore, CA for training in the F/A-18 C Hornet. He
received orders to the Vigilantes of VFA-151 and made two deployments to the
Arabian Gulf on USS Constellation (CV 64) where he flew combat missions in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
CDR Hurst reported to the Sharpshooters of VMFAT-101 in Miramar, CA in July
of 2003 where he served as an instructor pilot and Carrier Qualification
Phase Head. In July of 2005, he was assigned to the CVW-5 staff in Atsugi,
Japan as a Carrier Air Wing Landing Signals Officer. He completed multiple
deployments onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) flying both F/A-18 C and E
Hurst reported to the Royal Maces of VFA-27 in March of 2007, remaining in
Japan for a second tour with the Forward Deployed Naval Forces. During this
assignment, he served as department head in the administrative, safety,
maintenance, and operations departments. He continued to deploy throughout
the Pacific theater aboard USS Kitty Hawk and USS George Washington (CVN
Following his department head tour, CDR Hurst attended the United States
Naval War College in Newport, RI where he completed JPME-I and graduated
with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
CDR Hurst reported to the VFA-137 Kestrels as Executive Officer in November
2011 and immediately deployed with the squadron to the Arabian Gulf onboard
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The squadron earned the 2012 Battle Efficiency
Award during this deployment while participating in combat operations in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
CDR Hurst assumed command of VFA-137 in March 2013. During his tenure the
squadron successfully completed five detachments and was awarded the Chief
of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award.
After completing his command tour in April 2014, CDR Hurst received orders
to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon where he served as
an aviation analyst in the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE)
Tactical Air Forces Division until March 2016.
CDR Hurst is additionally qualified as a Navy Craftmaster and has been
awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service
Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals and five Air Medals. He has amassed
3,450 total career flight hours and has 1,002 carriers arrested landings on
nine aircraft carriers.