Captain Christopher P. DeGregory is a native of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and a 1991 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He earned his commission through NROTC at the College of the Holy Cross. His initial sea tour was in USS DENVER (LPD 9), serving as Electrical Officer, Damage Control Assistant and Main Propulsion Assistant. He then served as Landing Craft Mechanized Department Head at Assault Craft Unit ONE in Coronado, California.
Following Department Head School, he reported to USS STETHEM (DDG 63) as Chief Engineer in January 2000, completing a a Middle East Force deployment to the Arabian Gulf conducting Maritime Intercept Operations. He then reported to USS ELLIOT (DD 967) as Chief Engineer and completed a deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM with the JOHN C. STENNIS Battle Group. Captain DeGregory was the commissioning Executive Officer in USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) and participated in the ship’s maiden deployment to the Middle East in support of the Global War on Terror. As Chief Staff Officer for Destroyer Squadron TWO SIX, he completed a Middle East deployment embarked in USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). On that deployment, he led a support team to Commander, Combined Task Force 152, acting as the American Chief of Staff for the Bahraini CNO responsible for Coalition Maritime Security Operations in the Central and Southern Arabian Gulf.
Captain DeGregory commanded USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) from May 2009 – March 2011. While assigned to Coalition Task Force 151, BULKELEY rescued the Japanese-owned tanker M/V Guanabara and captured the four pirates that were onboard.
Captain DeGregory assumed command of Afloat Training Group Norfolk in July 2011. Ashore, Captain DeGregory attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and holds a Master of Arts degree (with distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and expeditionary awards.