Cmdr. Andrew Miroff was relieved by Cmdr. Joseph Scott Simpson during a change of command ceremony on Oct. 5 at the HSM-46 hangar. Guest speaker for the event was Commodore Mike Burd, COMHSMWINGLANT Mayport.
Miroff is a native of New York City, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University in 1998. Upon completion of flight training he was designated a Naval Aviator in March of 2000.
Miroff’s operational assignments include tours with HSL-51, HSL-47, and HSM-70. While at HSL-51 he deployed on USS Cushing (DD 985), USS Cowpens (CG 63), and USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), as Detachment Training and Detachment Operations Officer, and served as Detachment Maintenance Officer while deployed on USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) with the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. At HSL-47 he served as the Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor where he was responsible for advanced tactical training of combat aircrews and deployed with Carrier Air Wing 2 with the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In June 2009, he reported to HSM-70 Squadron Training Officer and Squadron Operations Officer as part of Carrier Air Wing 8 with the USS George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.
Miroff served ashore at HSM-41 as an FRS Instructor from 2004-2006. From July 2011 to July 2014, he was assigned to United States Special Operations Command as a Joint SOF Exercise Planner in the Force Management and Development Directorate (J7) and as Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commander Special Operations Command. He assumed the position of HSM-40’s Executive Officer in March 2015 and transferred to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic Weapons School in April of 2016.
A native of Perry, Florida, Simpson enlisted in the Navy in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University, and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Simpson served as a Fire Controlman and Gun Weapons System Technician in USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), then ashore at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and in USS Stout (DDG-55), participating in Operations against Iraq and Kosovo in 1998-99. Simpson transferred from there to Officer Candidate School, where he commissioned in May 2000.
After designation as a Naval Aviator in 2001, he reported to the Airwolves of HSL-40 for training in the SH-60B Helicopter, and subsequently to the Grandmasters of HSL-46. While a Grandmaster, he deployed with USS O’Bannon (DD-987) as Air Operations Officer and later as Detachment Maintenance Officer in USS Mason (DDG-87) with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In July 2005, Simpson once again reported for duty to the Airwolves, this time as a Flight Instructor where he served as command Legal Officer and squadron Operations Officer.
In March 2008, CDR Simpson reported to USS WASP (LHD-1) as Aircraft Handling Officer, and Assistant Air Officer, where he deployed to retrieve the Fighting Griffins of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (VMM 266) from Iraq. He later deployed with a Joint Inter-Agency Task Force comprised of Navy, Marine and Drug Enforcement Agency personnel for Counter Illicit Trafficking Operation in the Caribbean.
In 2010, Simpson returned to the Grandmasters as Officer-in-Charge of HSM-46 Detachment Six deploying in USS Vicksburg (CG-69) with the USS Enterprise Strike Group for Operation Enduring Freedom. He completed his assignment with HSM-46 as the Squadron Operations Officer.
In 2013, he reported to the Allied Joint Force Headquarters in Naples Italy (NATO), as an exercise planner. While there, he developed six NATO exercises, preparing the Joint Force Headquarters to command and control a Major Joint Operation against an invading adversary inside Allied territory. His efforts earned him NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe Recognition Award.
Simpson transitioned to the MH-60R and earned the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor designation before reporting in July 2017 to Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School for duty as the Executive Officer.