ABOUT OUR LEADERSHIP
CAPTAIN ERIK THORS
RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND
Capt. Thors, a native of Pacifica, California, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. He was commissioned in Pensacola, Florida on July 20, 1995, through the Seaman to Admiral Program.
From 1987 to 1995, Thors flew in the SH-60B Seahawk as an aviation warfare systems operator and rescue swimmer for HSL-44 and HSL-40, deploying to the U.S. 4th Fleet, U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet.
Capt. Thors reported to Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), Naval Air Station Jacksonville for initial P-3 Orion qualification in 1997. He served from 1997 to 2001 at VP-46 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet. He returned to the Pro’s Nest in 2001 as the strike weapons tactics instructor and pilot training officer.
From 2003-2005, he deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet as a catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). Thors attended Air Command and Staff College in 2005 followed by his tour to VP-5, NAS Jacksonville, Florida from 2006 to 2009, deploying to the U.S. 4th Fleet, U.S. 5th Fleet, U.S. 6th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet. For his first joint tour, Thors served as a maritime planning officer and executive officer for Standing Joint Force Headquarters, United States Northern Command from 2009-2011.
Capt. Thors reported to VP-26 in 2011 and assumed command of the Tridents while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet in May 2012, earning the Battle Efficiency Award for two consecutive years. After command, he served at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command as the CTF-57 chief staff officer, U.S. Special Operations Command as a Joint Deputy Inspector General, and as deputy commander for the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida.
He reported as commanding officer of Recruit Training Command in July 2018.
His awards and personal decorations include; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (gold star), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars).