Commanding Officer


Captain Eric N. Pfister

U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer

Captain Eric Pfister, a native of Newport Beach, California, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, he attended flight training, was designated a naval aviator in August 1993, and selected to fly the H-46D helicopter.

At sea, Captain Pfister first served as a division officer with HC-11 where he deployed in USS Kiska (AE-35) and USS Essex (LHD-2) and participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and UNITED SHIELD. Subsequent sea tours include serving as Navigation Officer in USS Tarawa (LHA-1) deploying in support of Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE, and as detachment Officer-in-Charge in USS Essex (LHD-2) and squadron Maintenance Officer with HC-5 forward deployed in Guam.

Ashore, Captain Pfister served as a flight instructor with HC-3, the Helicopter Sea Assignments Officer with Pers-43, and an action officer in the Joint Staff’s J-7 directorate.

In command, Captain Pfister served as the Commander of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment at Camp Buehring, Kuwait (2008-2009) and served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of HSC-21 (2007-2010) and USS Bataan (2014-2017).  He is a 2011 graduate of National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy.

Captain Pfister is currently serving as Commanding Officer of Tactical Training Group Pacific in San Diego, CA.

Throughout his career, he has flown more than 3300 hours in the H-46D and MH-60S. He was recognized in 1998 as HC-3’s and the Naval Helicopter Association’s Instructor Pilot of the year, and in 2009 he earned the Naval & Marine Corps Association’s peer-nominated leadership award.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 awards) and numerous campaign and service awards.