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Navy’s Rotary Test Squadron Changes Command

Cmdr. Nicholas Green took command of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 Blackjacks from Lt. Col. Matthew Baumann during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on June 8, 2023. Naval Test Wing Atlantic Commodore Capt. Elizabeth Somerville presided over the ceremony. “The scope of responsibility is absolutely immense and the Blackjacks have answered the call every single time,” said Somerville. “Developing and delivering what our military needs would be impossible without the Blackjacks.” Green assumes command after serving as HX-21’s Chief Test Pilot. Baumann, who led the squadron since May 2022, was selected by the U.S. Marine Corps to become an executive fellow at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California as part of the Secretary of Defense’s Executive Fellowship program. “In the fleet, results are the end-state,” said Green. “Here [in developmental test], results are just one-half of the equation–our achievements are tied to how we do it.” Green is a native of Virginia Beach and U.S. Naval Academy alum. The H-60 Seahawk pilot flew with multiple squadrons over various sea and shore tours, including two assignments with HX-21 where he lead Seahawk advancement overseeing all developmental test efforts across each of the Navy’s MH-60R/S variants, international military variants, as […]

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