BRIAN S. TRIPPETT
AWRC Trippett retired on September 30, 2017 from the United States Navy after completing over 24 years of service.
Chief Trippett entered the United States Navy on September 13, 1993, during his 24 year career he earned qualifications as a Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman, Aviation Rescue Swimmer, SH60B/R Tactical Sensor Operator, Small Arms Instructor, Weapons Range Safety Officer, Helicopter Aerial Door-gunner Instructor, Seahawk Weapons Tactics Instructor, Master Training Specialist, Command Financial Specialist, Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO), and Command Fitness Leader. AWRC Trippett retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
Chief Trippett attended Bootcamp at Recruit Training Command Orlando and in 1994 was assigned to the USS Gettysburg (CG64), completing two deployments. Chief Trippett was then transferred to HSL-48 “Vipers” SH60B helicopter squadron from 95-97. Chief Trippett was approved for AW “A” School in August of 1997 and reported to NAS Pensacola. While at NAS Pensacola Chief Trippett completed Aircrew Candidate, Aviation Rescue Swimmer, and AW “A” Schools. In 1998 chief Trippett reported to HSL-40 “Air wolves” Fleet Replacement Squadron at NS Mayport, Jacksonville FL. After completion of the FRS he was assigned to HSL-42 from 99-03 deploying with Detachment Seven “Dirty Scoundrels” onboard USS Samuel B. Roberts and Detachment Four “Weed Whackers” onboard USS Yorktown. In 2003 Chief Trippett transferred back to HSL-40 to be an instructor. After completing his instructor tour in 2007 Chief Trippett transferred to HSL-48 and deployed with Detachment Four “Flying Tanukis” onboard USS San Jacinto. 2010 saw Chief Trippett assigned to the HSM Weapons School Atlantic where he made multiple deployments to AUTEC located on Andros Island in the Bahamas in support of undersea warfare operations. Chief Trippett’s next tour took him to HSM-70”Spartans” and his 10 month deployment onboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Chief Trippett’s last two years before he retired where spent at HSM Wing Atlantic managing the SH60R flight simulators.
During Chief Trippett’s distinguished career he flew over 4,500 hours, Deployed 4yrs 10mths to the Persian Gulf, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, RedSea, Baltic Sea, Caribbean Sea, Pacific. During deployments he supported Operation Southern Watch, Northern Watch, BALTOPS 1994, Operation Noble Eagle, Katrina Hurricane Relief, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve, Proud Manta, and Operation Odyssey Dawn. He worked with over 30 foreign nations military during various exercises and visited 52 countries and transited the Panama Canal and Suez Canal five times. Chief Trippett participated in the rescue of over 300 passengers of the Achille Lauro after the cruise ship caught fire of the coast of Somalia in 1994, he also participated in the rescue of 24 personnel durning Hurricane Katrina. He was instrumental in the training of the Senegalese Navy’s first rescue swimmers which led to their first ever SAR deployment from a helicopter during African Nation Building Operations
BRIAN S. TRIPPETT
AWRC Trippett’s awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal(2) , Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal(10), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy”E” Ribbon(6), Navy Good Conduct Medal(7), National Defense Service Medal (2), GWOT Expeditionary Medal(2), GWOT Medal, South West Asian Service Medal(2), Humanitarian Service Medal(2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon(7), Navy Rifle Expert Medal, Navy Pistol Expert Medal. Sikorsky Rescue Award, HSL-40 Aircrewman of the year, HSL-48 Enlisted Leader of the Year, HSL Wing Atlantic Enlisted Leader of the Year.