Captain Chris Hulitt
Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
CAPT Chris “Mullet” Hulitt is a native of Randallstown, Maryland. He graduated from Towson University in 1996. He enlisted in the Navy as an Electronics Technician and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School.
CAPT Hulitt’s first fleet assignment was with the VAW-115 “Liberty Bells,” forward deployed to NAS Atsugi Japan. During this tour, he completed multiple Western Pacific deployments on board the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf for execution of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and the major combat operations phase of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
On his next assignment, CAPT Hulitt served as the Navy Command and Control/Air Intercept Control (AIC) Subject Matter Expert at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in Fallon, NV.
Following his tour in Fallon, he was the Training Officer and for the VAW-121 “Bluetails” at NAS Norfolk, VA. After this assignment he attended the Naval War College, where he was a member of Halsey Group “ALFA” and graduated “with distinction.”
CAPT Hulitt’s Department Head tour was with the VAW-112 “Golden Hawks” at NAS Point Mugu, CA. He deployed aboard the USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) to the Western Pacific and to the Naval Forces Central Command Area of Responsibility for Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM. His Joint Duty assignment was as a Joint Operations Center Team Chief at Headquarters, U.S. Africa Command.
CAPT Hulitt returned to the VAW-112 “Golden Hawks” as Executive Officer, where he led the squadron through a deployment to the Western Pacific and prepared the command to deactivate. He re-joined the VAW-115 “Liberty Bells” as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer as the squadron executed a permanent duty station change from Atsugi, Japan to Naval Base Ventura County. After his first Command tour, he led the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School as the N6 Department Head at Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC)..
CAPT Hulitt’s last assignment was as Commander of Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing where he was responsible for leading, manning, training and equipping E-2C/E-2D Hawkeye, C-2A Greyhound, and MQ-25A squadrons.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Strike Flight Air Medal. He was awarded 2022 “Tailhooker of the Year.” He has accumulated more than 2700 flight hours in the E-2C/D, FA-18, MH-60S, MH-60R, and other war fighting aircraft.
He is married to Debi Hulitt, a native of St. Charles, MO. They have two sons, Ryan (16) and Cameron (13).