R. CUDDINGTON, JR.
And Professor of Naval Science
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Captain Cuddington is a native of
Goldsboro, North Carolina,
and was commissioned through the NROTC program at the University of North Carolina
on 10 May 1986. Upon designation as a
Naval Aviator and completion of UH-1N training, he
reported to the Air Department aboard the USS SAIPAN
(LHA 2). After this assignment he
transitioned to the SH-60B and completed three
consecutive squadron tours in HSL-46, HSL-40 and HSL-48.
He then attended the Naval
College and, immediately
after graduation, reported to the Joint Staff (J3) where
he served in the Deputy Directorate for Operations
(Antiterrorism/Force Protection). In April 2003, he
reported to HSL-48 as the Executive Officer.
Captain Cuddington served as the
Commanding Officer of HSL-48 from June 2004 to September
2005. During this period the VIPERS of HSL-48 earned the
“E,” the Golden Wrench for maintenance excellence and
the Isbell trophy for warfare excellence.
Following command he served as
the Navigator aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) which
was based in Yokosuka,
Japan. During this tour
he was selected to participate in the Federal Executive
Fellowship (FEF) program, academic year 2007-2008, at
the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
His FEF follow on assignment was with the Navy
International Programs Office as a division director
where he oversaw Foreign Military Sales from the United
States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to countries
within North and South America.
Captain Cuddington was assigned
to PHIBRON FIVE from June 2010 to June 2013. He reported
as the Deputy Commander under the fleet up model and
assumed command in February 2012. PHIBRON FIVE deployed
with the 11th MEU as the MAKIN ISLAND Amphibious Ready
Group/ Marine Expeditionary Unit during this tour.