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CSL COMALAPA, EL SALVADOR


A native of Vienna, Virginia, Commander Odin Klug entered the U.S. Naval Academy on a Foundation scholarship and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography.

Operationally, he completed initial surface training in early 1997 and served aboard USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51) as the Electrical Officer and Engineering Training Assistant, earning his surface warfare pin and qualifying as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW).  ARLEIGH BURKE deployed to EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs and supported Operation DESERT THUNDER. From 1999 to autumn 2000, he served aboard USS FIREBOLT (PC-10) as Executive Officer, Operations Officer, Navigator, and Administrative Officer, deploying to the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific AORs.  After transitioning to aviation and earning his wings of gold in 2003, Commander Klug served as the Administrative, Training, and Legal Officer in Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron ELEVEN (HS-11) where he qualified as Aircraft Commander and became a "Shellback" while deploying to the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleets in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.  In 2007, he served as the single-site HS Fleet Replacement Squadron Safety Officer and instructor pilot in Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TEN (HS-10).  He then went on to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FIVE (HS-5) as the Standardization, Training, Operational Risk Management (STORM) and Operations Officer, deploying twice to CENTCOM AOR in support of several contingency operations and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Ashore, he studied National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, earning his Master of Science with emphasis on the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.  Shortly after September 11, 2001, he was temporarily assigned to the Navy Operations Group (codenamed "DEEP BLUE") in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to focus on countering asymmetric and WMD threats.  Most recently he served as an arms control policy advisor in the Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State.

He is most proud of the five Battle “E” awards earned together with his fellow Sailors.