Tony Chavez

Navy Federal Executive Fellow

Areas of expertise: Global Security


Commander Tony Chavez, a native of San Antonio, Texas, enlisted in the Navy in 1990 and spent four years in the submarine community. He was later awarded a NROTC Scholarship and commissioned upon graduation from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (with honors) and was assigned to Naval Flight Training.

Commander Chavez has deployed to every fleet throughout the world: in 2001 and 2003 with helicopter anti-submarine squadron Light Four Three (HSL-43) onboard USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) and USS Thach (FFG 43) in support of counter drug operations, bilateral exercises, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; in 2009 with HSM-73 onboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70) in support of ballistic missile defense in the South China Sea.

Commander Chavez has served as an instructor pilot; quality assurance officer; aide-de-camp to commander Middle Pacific; as mission planner in Colombia, South America, and Afghanistan; executive assistant to commander Sixth Fleet; liaison officer to commanders, Europe and Africa; and as Sixth Fleet Air Operations division director.

Chavez served as commanding officer of helicopter maritime squadron Three Seven in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Under his leadership the Easyriders were recognized with 2015 Battle Efficiency Award, 2015 Golden Wrench Maintenance Award, and 2015 and 2016 Aviation Safety Awards.

He is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School with a master’s in business administration and public policy and a graduate of Naval War College. He volunteered to deploy twice to different hostile zones as an IA in support of MILGRP Colombia, South America and Joint Task force, Afghanistan.

Chavez has accumulated more than 2,400 flight hours, over 600 small deck landings, and executed more than 50 combat missions. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (First Strike), Joint Commendation Medal (three Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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