CWO Neil Hermansen, USN




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DARPA, Director’s Office (DIRO)

CWO Neil Hermansen, USN

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Neil Hermansen is currently serving under the Warfighter Engagement Team in DARPA’s Director’s Office. He enlisted in the Navy and upon graduation from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training was assigned to SEAL Team FOUR and participated in multiple counter-drug and special operations missions throughout Central and South America. CWO Hermansen was selected for transfer to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group where he held numerous key leadership positions such as Team Leader, Troop Master Chief, and Operations Master Chief.


While assigned to Joint Task Forces he conducted numerous combat operations during deployments to the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa. CWO Hermansen’s other assignments included the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force as well as Current Operations Officer and Officer in Charge of Selection & Training both for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.


CWO Hermansen’s credentials include being a qualified Sniper Instructor, Military Freefall Tandem and Tethered Bundle Master, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, NSW Diving Supervisor, all Fire/Training Safety Officer, Helo Rope Suspension Training Instructor, Master Breacher, Demolitions Safety Officer, and Joint Tactical Air Controller.


CWO Hermansen is an Honor Graduate of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. His awards include: Two Silver Stars, Seven Bronze Star Medals with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation.