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Captain Donald Elam

Commanding Officer  |  Executive Officer  |  Command Master Chief 

CAPT Donald E. Elam
Commanding Officer

Captain Elam graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. He subsequently graduated from Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his Master of Science Degree in Systems Technology and later a Master of Arts Degree in Civil War History (with honors) from American Military University.

Originally a Surface Warfare Officer, he served his initial assignment in USS SPRUANCE (DD-963). Afterward he was designated as a Special Duty Officer (Cryptology), now Information Warfare Officer.  He was designated a Joint Qualified Officer after his joint tour at NSA/CSS Georgia.

Assignments have included:  Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan, as Direct Support Officer, Fleet Operations Department Head and Executive Officer; USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) as Fleet Cryptologist on the staff of Commander U.S. SEVENTH Fleet; USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) as Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for a combat deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM; Tactical Training Group Pacific; three tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Naval Intelligence National Overhead Programs Officer, Executive Assistant for the Director of Cyber and Electronic Warfare, and Executive Assistant for two Chiefs of Naval Operations; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. FIFTH Fleet; Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, as Chief of Data Acquisition, Executive Officer; National Reconnaissance Office as Deputy Director of Special Communications. 

Captain Elam assumed command of Navy Information Operations Command Maryland in July 2013, where he oversees a command of 2000 of the Navy’s finest Sailors and civilians and serves as Commander, Task Force 1060 responsible for the execution of cyber and non-kinetic operations for Commander TENTH Fleet in support of Commander SIXTH Fleet. 

CAPT Elam’s personal decorations include:  the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various campaign and unit awards.  He was the inaugural winner of the US Naval Forces Central Command Leadership Award.  He was also awarded the Edwin T. Layton Award for Leadership in Naval Intelligence.