Commander Charles Minski grew up in Roswell, Georgia and a 2000 graduate of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Business. He earned his MBA at University of West Florida (UWF) in 2007.
His first operational tour was in Corpus Christi, Texas with the "Blackhawks" of HM-15, where he served as Assistant Training Officer, Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Division Officer, Detachment Two Operations Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer (QAO) from 2002-2006.
Commander Minski reported to the "Shooters" of VT-6 in 2006 for duty as a T-34C Instructor Pilot. While assigned to the "Shooters", he served as Student Control Officer, Flight Leader, and Reserve Department Head (RDH). In October 2007, Commander Minski applied for, and was selected as, a CNATRA Full Time Support (FTS) officer. He reported to VT-3, the "Red Knights", serving as RDH and Operations Officer for 22 months. VT-3 was the first squadron to transition Primary Flight Training to the T-6B Texan II while simultaneously discontinuing T-34C operations/training. During his tour, VT-3 met all CNATRA production goals despite the many challenges of transitioning from the T-34C to the T-6B.
He next reported to the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) in December 2011 to serve as the Graduate Education Placement Officer in Millington, Tennessee where he personally oversaw the orders of over 6000 Naval Officers. In July 2013, he was selected to be the FTS Aviation Detailer and reported to PERS-43 (Aviation Detailing/Placement). As detailer, he participated in the preparation of 13 selection boards.
In December 2015 he reported as Executive Officer for the VT-27 Boomers and assumed command in March of 2017. Despite years of limited aircraft availability, his team crafted best practices between the squadrons and Dyncorp Int'l leading to VT-27 meeting production goals in FY16 & FY17. He also mentored his instructors continually leading to a 100% promotion rate to LCDR and 30 pilots selected to the Reserve Component.
He reported to CNATRA in July 2018 as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Reserve Affairs where he manages 370 SELRES and FTS aviators, four selection boards, and the CNATRA Reserve Component.
Commander Minski has achieved advance and instructor qualifications in the MH-53E, T-34C, and the T-6B and has accumulated over 3,900 flight hours. CDR Minski's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and numerous service and campaign ribbons.