Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic

Mr. Charles Werchado

Commander  |  Executive Director  |  Chief of Staff  |  FORCE Master Chief

Mr. Charles P. "Chuck" Werchado
Executive Director,   Submarine Forces

Mr. Werchado currently serves as the Executive Director, Submarine Forces where he is the principal advisor to the Submarine Force Commander on all matters relating to Undersea Warfare programs and requirements, and he is  responsible for submarine technology transition and unmanned undersea vehicles.  Mr. Werchado is the senior civilian in the Submarine Force.

From April 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Werchado served as Deputy Director for Warfare Integration on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.  He managed the process that assessed the relative warfighting systems' investment priorities, developed the Navy Shipbuilding plan, including the Long-Range (30 year) plan to Congress, and integrated the overall warfighting procurement budgets from the various individual warfare sponsors within projected Navy budgets.

In January 2003, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and served as the Director, Naval Forces Division in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation (now CAPE).  He led a team that assessed the Navy’s proposed investment portfolio, recommending changes to the Deputy Secretary, and guided Analysis of Alternatives for future Navy programs.

From 1997 to 2002, he served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Simulation and Analysis Team Leader and Joint Campaign Analyst in the Assessment Division, leading analyses that guided investment priorities.

In 1987, Mr. Werchado began his professional civilian career with the Department of the Navy as a Naval Warfare Analyst and Scientific and Technical Intelligence Liaison Officer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Mr. Werchado served on active duty for six years as a Naval Intelligence officer from 1981 to 1987.  He separated from active duty as a Lieutenant, and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until retiring as a Commander in 1999 (including three year’s prior enlisted service, during which time he completed his Bachelor’s degree).

Mr. Werchado graduated in 1980 from State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in History.  After leaving active duty, he earned a Master of Science in Operations Research Analysis while working as a civilian intelligence analyst at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.  He is also a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, and has completed both the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellowship and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI study programs.

Mr. Werchado’s awards and decorations include the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, Meritorious Civilian Service Medal (2), the Joint Service Commendation and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.