Capt. Michael Burd relieved Capt. William Walsh as Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic during a change of command/retirement ceremony on May 25 at HSM-40 hangar.
A native of Fresno, California, Walsh graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and received his commission in 1991. Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Rear Adm. Jeffery Hughes, was guest speaker at the event.
At the completion of flight training in 1993, Walsh was designated a Naval Aviator and reported to HSL-41 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, for LAMPS MK III flight training in the SH-60B Seahawk. Following training, he reported to the Warlords of HSL-51 stationed in Atsugi, Japan. There, he deployed as Detachment Operations Officer for Det SIX in USS Hewitt (DDG 966) and Maintenance Officer for Det Four in USS Curts (FFG 38).
Walsh then returned to HSL-41 in 1998 to serve as an Instructor Pilot in the SH-60B Fleet Replacement Squadron. In 2000, Captain Walsh was selected to attend the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. Following graduation, he reported to the Saberhawks of HSL-47. During this tour, Captain Walsh was a member of the first Carrier based LAMPS MK III detachment in USS Constellation (CV 64) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf.
Walsh next reported to the Scorpions of HSL-49 and served Officer-In-Charge Detachment FIVE deployed aboard USS Valley Forge (CG 50) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Walsh later served as the Squadron Operations Officer.
In March 2004, Walsh was then ordered to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where he earned his Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Following graduation, he reported to United States Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. There he served as Chief, Strategic Mobile Communication Center Management Branch under the C4I Systems Directorate.
In 2009, Walsh became the first Commanding Officer of the Spartans of HSM-70. Following command, he reported to Director of Naval Air Warfare on the OPNAV staff working as the SH-60B/MH-60R Requirements Officer. Walsh served as HSM-40's Commanding Officer from May 2012 to October 2013 before reporting as Deputy Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic in January 2014.
Burd was born and raised in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He graduated in 1993 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In November 1995, he was designated a Naval Aviator. A graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, he holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Burd's sea assignments include an initial operational tour with the HSL-42 Proud Warriors. While there, he completed deployments with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) and the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group aboard USS Peterson (DD 969), NATO flag ship for Operation Allied Force, the NATO military response to the 1999 Kosovo crisis. Next, he served as squadron Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor with the HSL-46 Grandmasters where he was responsible for advanced tactical training and qualification of detachment aircrews. In 2003, Burd returned to HSL-42 for his Department Head tour, ultimately serving as Operations Officer. As Officer-in-Charge, he led a two-plane detachment in USS Vicksburg (CG 69), "shotgun" escort for the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group, during a combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In September 2005, he participated in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in New Orleans LA following Hurricane Katrina and was responsible for the airborne urban rescue of 83 storm victims. From February 2011 to May 2012, Burd served as commanding officer of HSL-46 and led his squadron through the HSM community's first expeditionary-to-expeditionary transition to the MH-60R Seahawk.
Ashore, Burd served with the HSL-40 Airwolves as an FRS Flight Instructor and was recognized as squadron Pilot of the Year in 2001 and 2002. Prior to command, he served in Washington, D.C. on the Joint Staff, Operations Directorate (J-3), Operations Team Three in the National Military Command Center. Following his command tour, CAPT Burd served as PERS-43 Deputy Director and Head Air Combat Placement Officer, Aviation Officer Distribution Division, Navy Personnel Command, in Millington, TN. In April 2014, Burd became the 21st Commanding Officer of HSM-40. In September 2015, he will report to Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic as Deputy Commander.
Loo is a native of New York City, New York. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was conferred a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May 1996. He was designated a Naval Aviator, at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, in December 1998.