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Commander Erik L. Cyre, U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Four Seven


A native of Hazel, South Dakota, CDR Cyre graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Following graduation and a temporary assignment in the USNA admissions office, he reported to Pensacola, Fl for initial flight training in November 1997 and was winged a Naval Aviator in December 1999.

Upon completion of flight training, CDR Cyre joined the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI in October 2000. While attached to VP-4, he completed two deployments and flew combat missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He was designated a Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot and served as ORD Branch Officer, Ground Safety Officer, Aircraft Division Officer and Pilot Training Officer.

CDR Cyre reported to VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, TX in February 2004 for duty as a Multi-Engine Advanced Instructor Pilot. While attached to the “Wise Owls” he served as Assistant STUCON Officer, STUCON Officer, Instructor Under Training Officer, CNATRA Multi-Engine Formation Lead and NATOPS check pilot.

CDR Cyre detached from VT-31 in June 2006 and reported to USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in Yokosuka, Japan for duty as Assistant Strike Operations Officer. While attached to Kitty Hawk, he completed five FDNF deployment periods while serving as Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway, OOD in port, ACDO and CDO in port.

CDR Cyre reported back for his department head tour with the VP-26 “Tridents” in October 2008. He completed one deployment to SIXTH Fleet, serving as Officer in Charge of CTF 67.5 in Victoria, Seychelles and Djibouti, Africa. Upon completion of deployment he oversaw the completion of the “Tridents” home port change to NAS Jacksonville, Fl. During his department head tour, he served as Command Services Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. He detached from VP-26 in February 2011 and reported for duty at USCENTCOM CCJ7, MacDill AFB, Tampa, Fl.

At USCENTCOM, CDR Cyre first served as CCJ7 Executive Officer to the J7 Director before assuming duties as CCJ7-TR Readiness Branch Chief. As Readiness Branch Chief, CDR Cyre was responsible for the design, planning and execution of Battle Staff Training Exercises spanning Geographic COCOMS, Joint Staff, USCENTCOM Component Commands, and other government agencies. During his time at USCENTCOM, CDR Cyre also completed his gradute studies, earning his MBA. He detached from USCENTCOM in November 2013 and reported for duty as Executive Officer with the “Golden Swordsmen” of VP-47 in April 2014.

CDR Cyre’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (1st Strike/Flight Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and service awards. He and his wife Corrie reside in Kailua, HI with their daughter, Arabella (9).



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