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Captain Dale E. Carson entered Naval Service through the US Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1980. 

His initial operational assignments involved flying the SH-2F Seasprite helicopter with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 33 in San Diego, CA and HSL-36 in Mayport, FL, where he completed deployments to the Pacific and Indian Oceans aboard USS REASONER (FF 1063), to the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean Sea aboard USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62), to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS ELMER MONTGOMERY (FF 1082) and on UNITAS XXVIII aboard USS NICHOLSON (DD 982). He also served as a Fleet Replacement Pilot instructor with HSL-30 in Norfolk, VA. 

After completing transition training to the SH-60B helicopter, Captain Carson served as the Operations Officer of HSL-46 as well as the Detachment Officer-in-Charge aboard USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) and USS SIMPSON (FFG 56). He also served as the Executive Officer for both HSL-40 and HSL-44. In March of 1995, he assumed command of the "Swamp Foxes" of HSL-44. During his tour the squadron received consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards. 

His first non-flying assignment was in 1991 at the Naval War College where he served as the Aide to the President of the Naval War College and subsequently attended the college and earned a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. 

Following his Command tour, he was assigned to the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), where he served as the ship's Navigator, making her 1997 cruise to the Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. 

His first joint tour was in the Operations Directorate of United States Central Command, Tampa, FL, where he served as the Deputy Chief, C2 Systems Integration Division. In this capacity, he chaired bilateral and multi-lateral C2 integration forums with our six Gulf coalition partners, as well as Egypt and Jordan. He also served as a Chief of Current Operations in the Command's Joint Operations Center during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. 

In June 2002, he assumed charge of the Joint Type Commanders' H-60R/S Fleet Introduction Team, responsible for managing all Fleet issues pertaining to the introduction of the Navy's two newest helicopters, and for leading the transformation of the Navy helicopter community as outlined in the CNO-approved Helicopter CONOPS. 

In June 2005, he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the "Hub of the Med", NAS Sigonella, Italy, where he supported 37 tenant commands and was responsible for the safety and security of over 5,200 US and local national personnel. 

In July 2008, Captain Carson assumed the responsibilities as Deputy Commander of NORAD's and NORTHCOM's 601st Air and Space Operations Center. 

Captain Carson's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a member of the Navy Acquisition Professional Community and has logged over 3,000 flight hours in rotor and fixed-wing aircraft.


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