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TR's 13th Commanding Officer

Capt. Daniel C. Grieco

Captain Daniel C. Grieco graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He completed aviation training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1987.

After initial qualification in the S-3A Viking, he was assigned to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron TWENTY TWO (VS 22). While assigned to the "Checkmates," he transitioned to the S-3B and deployed aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) participating in Operation Desert Shield and flew 23 combat support missions in Operation Desert Storm.

Upon completion of his first sea tour, Captain Grieco was assigned to Fleet Replacement Squadron TWENTY SEVEN (VS 27) as an instructor. During this tour, he held the lead instructor for Electronic Warfare Training of the S-3 community and was the east coast S-3 NATOPS senior evaluator and model manager.

Captain Grieco's next assignment was to Commander Carrier Group FOUR as his Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he participated in the intermediate and advanced training of five Carrier Battle Groups as well as participated in NATO exercise Strong Resolve 95.

Upon detaching from Commander Carrier Group FOUR in October 1996, he reported to Sea Control Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VS 24). While attached to the World Famous “Scouts," he was the operations officer and deployed aboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.

After graduating from Naval War College, in April 2000 Captain Grieco was assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center as the Assistant Deputy Director for Operations on Operations Team THREE. Selected for command, he was assigned to return as Executive Officer of Sea Control Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VS 24). He assumed command of the Scouts in April 2005 and as Commanding Officer deployed the squadron as the last 8 aircraft S-3B squadron aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) for Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his command tour, the squadron flew 229 overland combat sorties supporting Multi-National Division Southeast, won the 2005-2006 deployment CVW 8 Golden Wrench, CNAL Golden Anchor and 2005 Battle "E." Upon detaching from the Scouts, Captain Grieco was assigned as the Executive Assistant to Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he was selected for Major Command and Aviation Nuclear Pipeline training. Upon completion of Nuclear Power training, Captain Grieco reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), home ported in Yokosuka Japan, as Executive Officer from December 2008 to October 2010.

Captain Grieco’s next assignment was as Commanding Officer USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), the 7th FLEET Command Ship from May 2011 to July 2012. While in command, he sailed BLUE RIDGE over 30,000 miles visiting 18 ports in 12 different countries in support of the 7th FLEET Commander.

Captain Grieco took command of USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in February 2013.

He holds Masters Degrees from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the U.S. Naval War College. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Air Medal (Strike/Flight)(2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated over 2700 flight hours and 650 arrested landings.