Commanding Officer (CO) – Captain Jim Morgan, USN
Professor of Naval Science
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Commanding Officer (CO)
Jim Morgan, USN
Captain Jim Morgan was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Wooster, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy in May, 1987. During his initial sea tour in USS Elrod (FFG 55) Captain Morgan served as Fire Control-Ordnance Officer and Auxiliaries Officer from January 1988 to November 1990, deploying twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Earnest Will. Captain Morgan’s first department head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) from September 1994 to April 1996 in Yokosuka, Japan. While serving in Rodney M. Davis, Captain Morgan deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf and participated in maritime security operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
Captain Morgan’s second department head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS Princeton (CG 59) from July 1996 to July 1998. During his tour in Princeton, the ship deployed in support of counternarcotics operations during which Princeton served as the Air Warfare Commander for counterdrug operations in the Caribbean theater. Captain Morgan served as Executive Officer in USS Carney (DDG 64) from February 2001 to April 2002 and as Commanding Officer in USS Howard (DDG 83) from July 2006 until January 2008. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Howard served as the Air Defense Commander for the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group, deployed to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf, and earned the Battle “E” Award, Pacific Fleet LAMPs Helicopter Safety Award, and the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award for 2006. Captain Morgan served as Deputy Commander for Destroyer Squadron 7 in San Diego, California from June 2010 until April 2011 and assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 7 in April 12 2011. During Ronald Reagan Strike Group’s Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf deployment in 2011, Captain Morgan also served as Commander, Task Group Iraqi Maritime (CTG IM) from June 4 until July 18, 2011. From May to September 2012, Captain Morgan served as the Mission Commander for Pacific Partnership 2012.
Ashore, Captain Morgan was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy from January 1991 to February 1994 as an instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation. From July 1998 to July 2000, Captain Morgan served as the Personal Aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. From June 2002 to July 2004, Captain Morgan served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Millington, TN as the Surface Community Management Branch Head (PERS-41M) and as the post-Department Head and Executive Officer Assignment Officer (PERS-411B). Captain Morgan also served in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Branch (J5-Afghanistan Desk) and completed his tour in January 2010 as the first Operations, Plans, and Policy Division Chief in the newly created Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell (PACC). From December 2012 until October 2014 Captain Morgan served as the Chief of Staff for the Naval Surface Warfare Center at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). From October 2014 until April 2015 Captain Morgan served as the Chief of Staff for the Deputy for Surface Warfare (Surface Maintenance and Modernization). CAPT Morgan is currently serving as the Professor of Naval Science/Commanding Officer of the University of Florida Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in Gainesville, Florida.
Captain Morgan earned a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College in 1994 and graduated with distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 2005 with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.
In addition to numerous service medals, Captain Morgan’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy-Marine Corp Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star.
Executive Officer (XO) – Commander Leif Hammersmark, USN
Associate Professor of Naval Science
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Executive Officer (XO)
Leif Hammersmark, USN
Commander Leif Hammersmark hails from Big Timber, Montana. Enlisting in the Navy Nuclear Field program in 1989 he attended Navy Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, and Navy Nuclear Prototype in Idaho Falls, Idaho. MM2 Hammersmark received a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship and attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado in 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He received his commission in 1994 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997.
Following SH-60B fleet replacement pilot training with HSL-40, Commander Hammersmark reported to HSL-44 in Mayport, Florida. He completed deployments with Enterprise Strike Group (CVN-65) aboard USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) in support of Kosovo Operation ALLIED FORCE and with George Washington Strike Group (CVN-73) aboard USS Caron (DD-970) as part of NATO’s Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.
In 2002, Commander Hammersmark reported to HSL-40 as a flight instructor for the SH-60B Seahawk. In 2003, Commander Hammersmark was selected as the Flag Aide to Commander, Naval Surface Group Two, until disestablishment and then as the Aide to Commander, Navy Region Southeast. During this tour Commander Hammersmark received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Florida.
In 2005, Commander Hammersmark reported to the Warlords of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan, for his Department Head tour serving as the Safety Officer, Officer-in-Charge of Detachment One aboard USS Mustin (DDG-89), and Squadron Operations Officer.
Following his department head tour Commander Hammersmark attended Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In 2009, Commander Hammersmark reported to the Joint Exercise Directorate of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM). As the counterterrorism exercise branch chief CDR Hammersmark led joint and combined homeland defense counterterrorism exercises, multi-national air terrorism exercises with Canada and the Russian Federation Air Force, Joint Task Force preparation, and multi-agency national pandemic exercises.
In July 2012, Commander Hammersmark reported to United States Naval Forces Central Command as a planning assessment officer in support of operations in the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.
In June 2013, Commander Hammersmark reported as the Executive Officer, Naval Support Activity Bahrain, providing support to 96 tenant commands in support of operations in Southwest Asia and the Middle East.
Commander Hammersmark has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various unit commendations and service awards.
Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) – Captain Kenneth Magee
Commandant of Midshipmen, Marine Option Advisor
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Assistant Marine Officer Instructor: Gunnery Sergeant A. Sharp
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Junior Officer Staff:
Freshman Advisor: LT Craig Schaefer, USN
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Sophomore Advisor: LT Collin Swick, USN
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Junior Advisor: LT Tony Giampa, USN
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Senior Advisor: LT Nicholas Novak, USN
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Human Resources Officer: SCPO Steve Brown, USN (ret.)
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Administrative Officer: CPO Ronald Fort, USN (ret.)
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Supply Technician: CPO Jason Quinlog, USN (ret.)
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Unit Secretary: Colleen Yarbrough
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