Cmdr. Tony S. Grayson
Born in Long Beach, Calif., Cmdr. Tony Grayson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. Upon commissioning, he attended Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., Nuclear Prototype Training in Charleston, S.C. and the Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, Conn.
Grayson reported to USS Nevada (SSBN 733) (GOLD) in December 1997 where he served as the electrical officer, main propulsion assistant, quality assurance officer, assistant weapons officer, and assistant engineer. During his tour, the ship made six patrols and won the Battle Efficiency "E" award in 2000.
In November 2000, he was assigned to U.S. Southern Command as the executive assistant to the chief of staff. Following his tour at Southern Command, he attended the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, before reporting to the USS Connecticut (SSN 22) as the weapons officer. During his tour on Connecticut, he completed a deployment to Fifth Fleet and the ship earned the Battle Efficiency "E" award in 2004.
From March 2006 to July 2008, Grayson served as the Department Head Sea Detailer at PERS-42. While at PERS-42, he earned a master’s in engineering management at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and subsequently completed Phase I and II Professional Military Education.
In December 2008, Grayson reported as the Executive Officer on USS Ohio (SSGN 726)(GOLD). Serving onboard until December 2010, he and the ship made two Western Pacific deployments and they earned the Battle Efficiency "E" award in 2009.
Following his tour as executive officer, Grayson reported to Naval Station Bahrain in January 2011 and served as executive assistant to commander, Fifth Fleet and commander, U.S. Central Command until December 2012.
Grayson’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.