COMMANDER JOE DROLL
UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander Joe Droll is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Ritenour Senior High School in 1991, he attended Navy Boot Camp at Naval Recruit Training Center, San Diego. He was selected for and attended the Navy’s Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program. Upon completion, he received a Naval ROTC scholarship and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In December, 1998, he graduated with a B.S. in Economics and received his commission.
His sea duty assignments have included:
USS BATAAN (LHD 5); Norfolk, VA
- Division Officer (Radars/Electronics, Interior/Exterior Communications, Assistant Electronic Materials Officer) - Division Officer (Radars/Electronics, Interior/Exterior Communications, Assistant Electronic Materials Officer)
USS THORN (DD 988); Norfolk, VA
HMS WALNEY (M-101); Portsmouth, United Kingdom
- Operations Officer
USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37); Pearl Harbor, HI
- Operations Officer
Motor Vessel C-CHAMPION; Zamboanga, Republic of the Philippines
- Military Detachment OIC, in support of Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) and JSOTF-Philippines special boat team operations USS NASSAU (LHA 5); Norfolk, VA
- Damage Control Assistant (DCA) USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7); Norfolk, VA
- C5I Officer
Ashore, his assignments have included:
DESTROYER SQUADRON 31 (DESRON 31); Pearl Harbor, HI
- Assistant Operations Officer
JOINT STAFF, J34 (Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism/Homeland Defense); Washington, DC
- Action Officer for Maritime Homeland Defense and Maritime Operational Threat Response (MOTR) portfolios
And, most recently, COASTAL RIVERINE GROUP TWO (CRG 2); Little Creek, VA
- Chief Staff Officer
CDR Droll reported to COASTAL RIVERINE SQUADRON TWO (CRS 2) as Executive Officer in November 2016 and took Command April 2018.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), as well as various unit and campaign medals.