United States Navy Captain W. Scott Eargle, a Columbia, S.C. native will assume command of Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing (CFLSW) at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Tx. during a change of command ceremony July 31 at a change of command ceremony in Fort Worth, Tx. CFLSW supports 13 squadrons all over the United States and is the only medium lift capability in the United States Navy.
Eargle, a graduate of W. T. Woodson High School, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992. Upon completion of fixed and rotary wing flight training at NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field, Eargle was designated as a Naval Aviator in May, 1994.
After completion of fleet replacement pilot training in the SH-60B Seahawk, Eargle reported to the Proud Warriors of HSL-42 in Mayport, Fla. He deployed with multiple detachments, completing deployments to the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Baltic Seas onboard USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58) as well as USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40). In addition to filling every detachment job, he also served as the NATOPS Officer, the Aviation Safety Officer, and the Search and Rescue Officer.
Eargle reported in August of 1998 for shore duty to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. Working in the Officer and Enlisted Distribution division, his primary duties included determining the Navy Manning Plan for fleet-wide implementation as well as preparing and conducting a monthly manning brief for the Chief of Naval Personnel. It was during this tour that Captain Eargle was selected for redesignation into the Full Time Support community.
Eargle’s first FTS assignment was to Naval Air Reserve Atlanta, serving as a Reserve Program Manager as well as flying the UC-12B Kingair. After less than a year, he reported to the Eagles of VR-46 in Atlanta, Georgia, to fly the C-9B Skytrain. Eargle served as the squadron’s Personnel Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Operations Officer during this tour. At the end of 2004, Eargle transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, to continue flying the C-9B with the VR-56 Globemasters. He served as the Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer, as well as a C-9B Instructor Pilot.
After completing an Officer in Charge tour with the VR-58 Sunseekers in Jacksonville, Florida, Eargle again reported to the Navy Personnel Command, serving as the FTS Aviation Detailer. In 2009, he reported for his command tour with the VR-59 Lone Star Express in Ft Worth, Texas, flying the C-40A. In addition to winning several squadron awards, including the Battle E, VR-59 was involved in supporting relief efforts in Haiti as well as Japan during Operation Tomodachi.
After completing the Master’s degree program at the Naval War College, Eargle reported to the Pentagon, serving as the OPNAV N98 Training Branch Head, responsible as the resource sponsor for undergraduate flight training, simulators, and all Navy targets and training ranges.
Eargle’s personal military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), as well as various campaign and unit awards.