Cmdr. Tory Swanson
USS Mississippi (SSN 782)
Cmdr. Tory Swanson is a native of Arvada, Colo., and enlisted into the Navy in 1989. He earned an NROTC scholarship to Purdue University and graduated in 1996 with a major in Pre-Law/Interdisciplinary Engineering.
Following completion of nuclear and basic submarine training, he reported to USS Maine (SSBN 741) (BLUE) where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant, Communications Officer and Damage Control Assistant from October 1997 to October 2000 and conducted five strategic deterrent patrols. Following his tour on USS Maine, Swanson served on the Navy Personnel Command staff from November 2000 to March 2003 as the junior officer submarine detailer. During this tour, he received a Masters in Nuclear Engineering/Radiation Health Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Following graduation from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, Conn., Swanson served as engineer officer onboard USS Greeneville (SSN 772) from August 2003 to January 2006, completing Western and Eastern Pacific deployments, including the first forward deployment of the Advanced Seal Delivery Vehicle. During his tour, USS Greeneville was awarded the COMSUBRON ONE Battle Efficiency “E” and Engineering Red “E” for 2004. Following his tour on USS Greeneville, he served at Fleet Forces Command as junior board member and executive officer of the Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board from February 2006 to December 2007. During this tour, he received a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Following completion of the Submarine Command Course, Swanson served as executive officer aboard USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) from March 2008 to April 2010, conducting a SOUTHCOM deployment and an engineered overhaul in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. During this tour USS Oklahoma City was awarded the COMSUBRON EIGHT Battle Efficiency “E” for 2009. Following Oklahoma City, he served as the Deputy Knowledge Management Officer in Stuttgart, Germany on the staff of the United States Africa Command Headquarters from May 2010 to August 2012 where he participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn and Operation Unified Protector.
Swanson’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and personal awards.