Captain Hugh "Skip" Huck, USN
Commanding Officer, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, Pacific
A second generation naval officer, Captain Skip Huck graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
As a surface warfare officer (SWO) for 10 years, he served in various operational and engineering billets aboard USS STEIN (FF1065) as auxiliaries division officer; USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 32) as Combat Systems Maintenance Officer, Electrical Officer, and Auxiliaries Officer; USS GARY (FFG 51) as Chief Engineer, and USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51) as the Chief Engineer as well.
In 1999, he was selected for lateral transfer to the engineering duty officer community where he served in various staff engineering, maintenance, technical and program management positions including: Deputy Project Superintendent and Carrier Business Officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth Virginia, where he was part of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) Planned Incremental Availabilities; Repair Officer for Japan Ship Repair Facility located in Yokosuka, Japan leading the repairs of 11 forward deployed ships, including USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19); Chief Engineer on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72); and Program Manager’s Representative for PMS 312C Carrier Planning Activity, responsible for the life cycle management of all In-Service Aircraft Carriers.
In August 2010, he reported to Norfolk Naval Shipyard as the Business and Strategic Planning Officer (Code 1200), responsible for the brokering of $1.1B of ship repairs for Air, Surface and Submarine vessels as well as strategic planning of the NNSY workforce for support of the future needs of the East Coast Fleet. While at NNSY, he also served for six months as Military Deputy Project Superintendent for the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) Docking Incremental Availability.
In June 2012, CAPT Huck reported to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS and IMF) as the Business Officer with similar duties as his previous command. In January 2013, he transitioned into his current job as Production Resources Officer, Code 900. In December 2013 PSNS&IMF was authorized to implement a new approach to planning, coordinating, resourcing, and executing work using LEAN and Learning Organization principles. CAPT Huck detached PSNS&IMF January 2015.
CAPT Huck assumed his current position, Commanding Officer, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, on 27 March 2015.
CAPT Huck’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Commander David L. Tarwater, USN
Executive Officer, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, Pacific
CDR David L. Tarwater is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. Upon graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1984 he entered the United States Navy.
CDR Tarwater’s at-sea assignments include service onboard USS IOWA (BB 61), USS SYLVANIA (AFS 2), USS NASSAU (LHA 4) where he was commissioned and earned the Surface Warfare Officer designation, USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7), AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON SIX, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), twice onboard USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) and at the BOARD OF INSPECTION AND SURVEY (INSURV).
During those assignments, CDR Tarwater conducted 19 operational deployments around the world. Key Operations include Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, DESERT STORM, SILVER KNIGHT & WAKE, NOBLE SHIRLEY and humanitarian operations in Liberia. Completed Two Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations, Initial Anti-Piracy/Maritime Security Operations off the coast of Somali, and participated in Hurricane "Andrew" relief operations.
CDR Tarwater shore billets were Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill, as a Company Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, Port Operations Officer JOINT BASE LITTLE CREEK – FT STORY, and In January 2014, he transferred to NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY CHARLESTON as Executive Officer and 628th Mission Support Group Navy Liaison Officer.
Over the length of his career, CDR Tarwater has earned his Bachelors of Science from Excelsior College, and earned distinction as the U.S. Navy’s 2003 Tactician of the Year, AMPHIBIOUS GROUP TWO 1998 Ship handler of the Year winner, Master Training Specialist, and was a Distinguished Leadership Awardee.
His awards include four Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals, five Navy Achievement Medals, two Joint Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals and seven Battle Efficiency awards.
Thomas M. Coumes
Executive Director, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, Pacific
Mr. Coumes retired as a Navy Captain Engineering Duty Officer in Dec 2003. While on active duty he held positions as the CNSP N43 and Commanding Officer of SUPSHIP San Diego.
As a Navy civilian he served as the CNSP N43 Deputy and joined CNRMC in Jan 2011. Mr. Coumes served as CNRMC’s representative on the CNSP N43 TYCOM staff until Nov 2012. He acted as an advocate for west coast RMCs (San Diego, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Japan) providing assistance and oversight of RMC functions. He was also the Program Manager for NRMC’s IPTD Program.
In November 2012 Mr. Coumes was assigned to Southwest Regional Maintenance Center as the Executive Director.
CMDCM Dexter Watson , USN
Command Master Chief, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, Pacific
Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Dexter Watson enlisted in the Navy in October 1990 and completed basic training and Quartermaster “A” School in Orlando, Florida. At sea, his early tours as a
included USS SAVANNAH (AOR 4), Norfolk, Virginia, USS DEYO (DD 989)Norfolk, Virginia, USS CARL-VINSON (CVN 70), Alameda, California, USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) / USS SHILOH (CG 67), Yokosuka, Japan, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), Everett, Washington.
Ashore, his tours included Commander Naval Air Forces, Norfolk, Virginia, Afloat Training Group, Norfolk, Virginia, and Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Command (NMAWC), San Diego, California.
Master Chief Watson served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command from 2010 – 2011. He was selected as a Command Master Chief in 2012 and he previously served as the Command Master Chief of USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71). Command Master Chief Watson now serves as the Command Master Chief of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California. He is a Graduate of the 2006 Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 126 “Green”), Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in 2012, and has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Command Master Chief Watson is a recipient of the ABRAHAM LINCOLN “Union” Leadership Award and his personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), and various campaign and service ribbons.