- Commander Gregory M. Zettler
Cmdr. Zettler, a native of Springfield, Va., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering. Following commissioning he completed naval nuclear power training at Orlando, Fla. and Charleston, S.C.
In December 1995, Zettler reported aboard USS Phoenix (SSN 702), where he served as Electrical Assistant, Reactor Controls Assistant, and Main Propulsion Assistant. During this assignment, Phoenix deployed to the North Atlantic and completed all preparations for decommissioning.
Zettler next served as Communications Officer aboard USS Norfolk (SSN 714) during a deployment to the Mediterranean, which was highlighted by Norfolk’s participation in combat operations during Noble Anvil/Allied Force, the NATO operation against Serbian aggression in Kosovo.
In June 2000, Zettler earned a Masters Degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Postgraduate School and began serving as a Company Officer at the United States Naval Academy. Following his tour at the Naval Academy, he attended the Submarine Officer Advanced Course and was awarded the L.Y. Spear Award as Class Honorman.
Zettler reported aboard USS Scranton (SSN 756) as Navigator and Operations Officer in October 2002. Scranton completed a Depot Modernization Period and a deployment to CENTCOM while he was aboard. Transferring ashore, he served on the staff of Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command, Capabilities and Resource Integration Directorate, as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Requirements Officer.
As Executive Officer, Zettler served on USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue) and completed four Strategic Deterrence Patrols. Following this tour, he earned a Masters Degree in National Security Resources from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, graduating with distinction and also completing the Defense Acquistition University’s Senior Acquisition Course.
From June 2010 until March 2011 Zettler served on the Navy Staff as the Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations for Joint Matters.
Zettler is most proud to have served with teams that earned a Navy Unit commendation, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, and four Battle “E” Awards for excellence. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Award (two awards). Navy Commendation Medal (six awards) and the navy Achievement Medal (two awards).