Navy Cmdr. Joseph O. Davidson of Clewiston, Fla., assumed command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Nine as the Commanding Officer during a ceremony held at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. Davidson relieved outgoing Commander Marc Cantu.
Davidson has served in the Navy for more than 18 years and accumulated more than 2,500 hours of helicopter flight experience as an airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operator. He has won the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, and various unit commendations.
Davidson is the son of Gail Davidson of Clewiston, Fla.
He graduated in 1999 from the University of Florida.