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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 August, 1998, he married the former Miss Angela Eberle of Lone Rock, WI, and 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)
USS THORN (DD 988); Norfolk, VA
- Navigator
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:
            - 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.
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.