CAPT Douglas Warren Rosa is a native of Garden City, Michigan and enlisted in the Navy in 1984. After completion of recruit training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois and AMS “A” School in Millington, Tennessee, he was assigned to Light Attack Squadron EIGHT ONE at NAS Cecil Field, Florida. In 1990 he was granted a Navy ROTC scholarship to Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida where he earned a BS degree in Geography. He was commissioned in 1994 and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1997.
Upon completion of the Navy MH-53E Fleet Replacement Pilot Training at Helicopter Marine Training Squadron 302, MACS New River, North Carolina in 1997, he reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FOUR (HC-4), Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. Between 1997 and 2001 he served as Detachment Division Officer and OIC for Combat Support Detachments to include Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, DESERT FOX, and NOBLE ANVIL. His subsequent sea duty assignment was aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4), NS Norfolk, Virginia, from 2003 to 2005 where he qualified as OOD (Underway) and CDO (Underway).
His Department Head tour was with HC-4, NAS Sigonella, Italy and NS Norfolk, Virginia from 2005 to 2007. During this tour he served as squadron Maintenance Officer and DET OIC deploying to Camp Buhering, Kuwait in support of CFLCC, US Third Army. After his DH tour, CAPT Rosa reported to Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a MA Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In 2008 he transferred to the Joint IED Defeat Organization in Washington, DC for a Joint assignment as Branch Chief in the Technology and Resource Integration Division.
CAPT Rosa was selected for Command in 2009 and served as Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO in Norfolk, Virginia from 2011 to 2012. In 2012 he was reassigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT and served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer from February 2012 to August 2014. Upon completion of his Command tour he reported to NORAD/USNORTHCOM where he served as Command Center Director until March 2017. In August 2017 he reported to Training Air Wing FIVE at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida and assumed the position of Deputy Commodore. In March 2019 he assumed the position of Commodore, Training Air Wing FIVE.
His first shore duty assignment was with Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapons System Training School (AWSTS) where he served from 2001 until 2003 as FRS Instructor Pilot and COMNAVAIRLANT NATOPS MH-53E Fleet Evaluator.
Captain Rosa’s personal decorations: Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.