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Senior Naval Science Instructor

LCDR James R. Landis, USN (Ret.)

LCDR Landis is a native of Toledo, Ohio.  He graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2001. He was commissioned upon completion of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC) at Jacksonville University that same year and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 2003 in Milton, Florida.

In July of 1990, LCDR Landis arrived at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida.  Upon completion of “boot camp” he reported for duty at NAS Pensacola as a Naval Aircrew and Rescue Swimmer Candidate.  In January of 1991, Landis reported to Naval Air Technical Training Command, Millington Tennessee, for initial training as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator (AW).  Upon graduation he reported to Fleet Replacement Squadron HS-1 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.   In September of 1991, he reported for his first operational assignment as an Aircrewman with the “Sea Griffins” of HS-9 completing a deployment onboard the USS SARATOGA.  Upon disestablishment of HS-9, Landis reported to the “Dragonslayers” of HS-11 and completed 2 deployments onboard the USS AMERICA where he qualified as a Crewchief and Tactical Sensor Operator (TSO). He was named HS-11 and NHA Southeast Region Aircrewman of the year for 1995.  In September of 1996, LCDR Landis reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command for duty as a High Risk Instructor at Aviation Rescue Swimmer School where he earned his Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation and was accepted in the Enlisted Commissioning Program in the summer of 1999.  His selection to ECP led to his assignment at NROTC at Jacksonville University.      

In April of 2003, LCDR Landis was assigned to Fleet Replacement Squadron HC-2 at Naval Station Norfolk.  Upon completion, he reported for his first operational assignment as a pilot with the “Fleet Angels” of HC-2. While attached to the Fleet Angels, LCDR Landis completed 2 deployments to Bahrain in direct support of Fifth Fleet Combat Logistics with the “World Famous Desert Ducks.”  He flew logistics missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  In July of 2006, he returned to Naval Air Station Pensacola and was assigned to Air Operations and the Helicopter Support Unit.  He served as the Aviation Safety Officer as well as the Coordinator for the Annual Blue Angel Homecoming Air Show. In April of 2007 he volunteered for and served as a Navy Individual Augmentee at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne as an Electronic Warfare Planner.  While at NAS Pensacola, he also served as the Helicopter Control Officer onboard the Helicopter Landing Trainer. 

In October of 2009, LCDR Landis joined the “Blackjacks” of Tactical Air Control Squadron Twenty One.  He served as TACCWO, (Tactical Air Control Watch Officer) during an extended deployment onboard the USS KEARSARGE which directly supported command and control of Operation Odyssey Dawn over Libya.  In January of 2012, LCDR Landis reported to the Naval Safety Center, where he served as the Assistant Division Head for the Safety Culture and Risk Management Division.  In July of 2015 LCDR Landis reported to Sebastian River High School to assume duties as the Senior Naval Science Instructor. LCDR Landis has accumulated more than 2300 total flight hours.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and numerous unit commendations and awards.

LCDR Landis is married to the former Holly Shultz and they have four children, Cody, Caitlyn, Chris, and Conner.