Commander, Submarine Group Two

Capt. Vernon J. Parks, Jr.
Submarine Development Squadron 12
Vernon J. Parks, Jr.
Submarine Development Squadron 12
Capt. Parks graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in May 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He entered the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program upon commissioning and reported to USS Baton Rouge (SSN 689) in October 1990.  While Baton Rouge conducted a Selected Restricted Availability from January to May 1991, Parks was temporarily assigned to USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) serving as Assistant Engineer and completing a North Atlantic Deployment.  While attached to Baton Rouge, he served in various Division Officer assignments, as Weapons Officer, and completed a second North Atlantic Deployment.
In January 1994, Parks reported to Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet as the Assistant Exercise Officer, Submarine Watch Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer for Westlant Operations.  In 1996, following completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course (SOAC), he reported as Engineer Officer of PCU Louisiana (SSBN 743).  During this tour he completed new-construction, post-construction builders trials, the initial strategic on-load, and the ship’s first strategic patrol.
In March 1999, Parks was assigned as the Material Officer and Engineering Readiness Officer on the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron Sixteen.  While at Submarine Squadron Sixteen, he earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Brenau University.  In July 2001, he reported aboard USS Helena (SSN 725) as Executive Officer.  During this tour, the ship conducted two short-notice deployments and a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, including operations under the ice canopy, and earned the 2001 and 2003 Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award for Submarine Squadron Eleven.
In September 2003, Parks reported to Commander, Naval Submarine Forces as the Executive Assistant to the Force Commander.  Following this tour, he attended the National War College where he earned a Master’s of Science degree in National Security Strategy.
Parks served as Commanding Officer of USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) from January 2007 to January 2010, completing a ship’s modernization maintenance period, an inter-fleet transfer via the Panama Canal, various local and extended-area operations, and a six-month Western Pacific deployment.  His crew earned the 2009 Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award for Submarine Squadron Seven, as well as several other ship and department level awards.
At his last duty station he served as Deputy Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Management, responsible for establishing and managing all manpower and personnel policies for over 19,000 Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program personnel in the Undersea, Surface, and Aviation Enterprises.