Commander Cameron Geertsema reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE in June 2013.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Commander Geertsema earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M (class of 94) and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School (Pensacola, Fla.).
Commander Geertsema's operational tours of duty include assignments with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, and the 25th Naval Construction Regiment. During these tours he served as Company Commander, Detail Officer-in-Charge, and Operations Officer while deployed to Central Command (CENTCOM), Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Pacific Command (PACOM), Europe Command (EUCOM), and Africa (AFRICOM) in support of various exercises, humanitarian, and combat related operations.
Commander Geertsema's shore assignments include duty as Assistant Public Works and Environmental Officer for Naval Support Facility Thurmont; Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction for NAS Sigonella; OPNAV Action Officer in the Logistics and Strategic/Business Planning Division (N40) and as Aide/Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director of Material Readiness and Logistics (N4). Additionally, he served under the Secretary of the Navy in the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Commander Geertsema recently reported from NAS Jacksonville, FL where he served as the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Director for PWD Jacksonville and as the Assistant Regional Engineer for Navy Region Southeast.
In addition to the degree from Texas A&M University, Commander Geertsema earned a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas as well as a Master of Arts from the Marine Corps University (Quantico, Virgina). He is a Registered Engineer in the state of Texas, a Certified Energy Manager, designated a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist, and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community (Level III Contracting and Level III Facilities Engineer certified).
Commander Geertsema's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 awards), and the Army Commendation Medal. He has earned various unit, campaign, and expeditionary ribbons and medals.