Captain Chris LaPlatney
Captain Chris LaPlatney hails from Roswell, Georgia. Upon graduation from High School he was awarded a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Four-Year Scholarship. Captain LaPlatney received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and was commissioned as an Ensign, United States Navy, in March 1988.
Following graduation, Captain LaPlatney attended Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL; Naval Prototype Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY; and Submarine Officer Basic School in Groton, CT. He began his first tour of duty onboard PCU West Virginia (SSBN-736) as the Electrical Assistant. During his service onboard the West Virginia he held the positions of Chemical/Radiological Controls Assistant, Strategic Missile Officer, and Ship’s Diving Officer. In July 1993 Captain LaPlatney received orders to Trident Training Facility, Kings Bay, GA, as a Tactics Instructor.
Following acceptance into the Civil Engineer Corps, Captain LaPlatney attended Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in Port Hueneme, CA, in January 1994. His first assignment as a CEC Officer was as an Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction at NCBC, Gulfport, MS. He then received orders to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE in June of 1996, and deployed to Guam as the Alfa Company Commander. During the battalion’s European deployment, Captain LaPlatney held the position of OIC for the Souda Bay, Crete detachment.
Following his Seabee tour, Captain LaPlatney attended graduate school at the University of Illinois where he received his MS in Civil Engineering. In September 1999 he reported to NAVSTA Ingleside, TX, for duty as the station’s Public Works Officer. Upon completion of his public works tour, he reported to the OPNAV N46 staff to begin work as an Action Officer and Program Analyst. In July 2003 he received orders to report to LANTDIV to serve as ROICC Portsmouth. Captain LaPlatney assumed the duties as Public Works Officer and Assistant Operations Officer for NSA Norfolk Naval Shipyard from August 2004 to July 2006. In August 2006 he took command of Officer in Charge of Construction Katrina in Gulfport, MS. He remained in Gulfport following his OICC assignment and began a tour as Executive Officer, Naval Construction Battalion Center in September 2009. He then went on to be the Deputy Operations Officer, NAVFAC Atlantic in June 2010 and Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Northwest in June 2012. Prior to reporting to Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO, he served as the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Materiel Readiness Director.
Captain LaPlatney is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, Submarine Warfare Officer, Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington, Certified Energy Manager, and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.