CDR Christopher Baker
Phone: (401) 841-2250
Fax: (401) 841-6960
CDR William Chris Baker joined the U.S. Navy in 1987 becoming a Machinists Mate and a U.S. Navy Diver. After selection to the Enlisted Commissioning Program he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from The University of Memphis in 1997, was designated a Naval Aviator in 2000, and graduated from the Navy Rotary Wing Weapons School, Seawolf, in 2006.
His career includes enlisted assignments aboard USS Midway (CV 41), and dive lockers at SIMA San Francisco and EOD Mobile Unit FIVE, Detachment Bahrain. Sea assignments as a Naval Aviator include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) in Guam where he deployed aboard the USS Essex, and several logistics support ships. While assigned as Tactics Officer for Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO THREE (HSC-23) in San Diego, CDR Baker deployed aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. During his tour as Maintenance Officer and subsequently Transition Officer for Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOUR (HS-4) in San Diego, he deployed twice aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, most notably in 2011 in support of Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. disaster relief effort to Japan.
Ashore, CDR Baker earned an Executive MBA with Finance and Defense Acquisition Emphasis from the Naval Post Graduate School (2006) and a master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and Joint Professional Military Education from the Naval War College (2009). He served as the Assistant Operations Officer for Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet as well as the MH-60S Operations Readiness Officer responsible for integrating Lean and Six Sigma practices into the U.S. Navy’s fleet of MH-60S helicopters.
He is the recipient of the Air Medal (strike/flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). CDR Baker has accumulated over 2,000 flight hours in H-46, H-60B/F/H/S aircraft.