Captain Dean Sadanaga, USN
Chief of Staff
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
Captain Dean Sadanaga is the Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. A native of Vacaville, Calif., he graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Oceanography in 1987, when he was then commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He has since served in a variety of sea-going and shore-based billets.
At sea, Capt. Sadanaga served on board Patrol Squadron Ten (VP-10) from 1990 to 1993. He deployed as the Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) and Mission Commander for Combat Air Crew Eleven in support of Second, Sixth, and Fifth Fleet operations.
From 1999 to 2001, he served on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as the Meteorology and Oceanography Officer, Combat Systems Training Team and Tactical Action Officer deployed to the western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf in 2000.
Ashore, Capt. Sadanaga was assigned to Patrol Wing Five, Brunswick, Maine, from 1993 to 1995, where he qualified for and served in a number of operational, instructor, training and readiness positions.
From 1995 to 1997, he served as the Special Projects Officer of the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Officer, Monterey, Calif. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the Executive Officer of the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Katrina Emergency Housing Officer and Director of Information Technology Operations.
From 2006 to 2008, Capt. Sadanaga commanded the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He served as the Naval Oceanography Operations Command Director of Weather Services responsible for the Fleet’s Maritime Safety, Aviation Safety and Strike Group Operations capabilities from 2008 to 2011. He served as Executive Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office from April 2011 until reporting as Chief of Staff to Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command in August 2012.
Capt. Sadanaga received a Master of Science degree in Oceanography and Meteorology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1999. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.