Doug Russell, the son of a career naval officer, graduated from Oregon State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Journalism. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon his commissioning, he was assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command, where he completed primary and helicopter flight training in the T-34 and TH-57 at NAS Whiting Field, FL. Deputy Russell was winged as a Naval Aviator on 22 April 1988.
Following completion of flight school, Doug reported to HSL-40, NAS Mayport, FL for training in the SH-60B Seahawk. Subsequently, Doug’s initial fleet assignment was with HSL-44 from 1989-1992 where he made deployments to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) and Persian Gulf aboard the USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During his three-year tour he served as Detachment Administrative Officer, Detachment Operations Officer and Squadron Assistant Operations Officer. In 1991, he was selected as HSL-44’s Officer of the Year.
In 1992, Doug reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he was awarded a Master of Science in Information Technology Management. Following graduation from postgraduate school in 1994, Doug reported to Destroyer Squadron TWENTY ONE as the Air Operations Officer. During this tour, Doug fleeted up to Operations Officer, deploying to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).
In 1996, Doug reported to the staff of Commander Helicopter Antisubmarine Light Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet as the Training and Tactics Officer. While at the wing, Doug also flew as a Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot at HSL-41 in San Diego, CA.
In 1998 Doug transferred to HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan. While with the Warlords, Doug deployed aboard USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), USS THACH (FFG 43), USS CUSHING (DD 985), USS OBRIEN (DD 975), and USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) for numerous deployments to the Western Pacific, including operations off the coast of Korea and East Timor. As a detachment Officer In Charge, Doug deployed the squadron‘s first Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capable detachment, and was the squadron’s first NVG instructor pilot. Both HELLFIRE and PENGUIN missile qualified, he completed his tour at HSL-51 as the Squadron Operations Officer.
In June 2001 Doug reported to Commander U. S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England, where he was the NAVEUR Exercise Director, responsible for the planning and execution of over 200 multi-lateral exercises a year in the European Theater.
In August 2004, Doug reported to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, as the Executive Officer and Search and Rescue Squadron Commander. While flying search and rescue with the Navy, he performed 53 life saving rescues.
In October 2008, Doug retired from the Navy as a Commander, and was hired by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office as the Chief Pilot for the Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN). In February 2009, following a 3 month long police academy, Doug was commissioned as a Deputy.
Doug has accumulated over 5800 flight hours, 150 rescues and 1000 small deck landings. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (one strike flight and one individual action), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit awards and citations.