Commanding Officer, Engineering Assessments Atlantic
CDR Jeffrey Baker enlisted in the Navy in 1994 following graduation from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, earning a B.S. degree in Physics. He completed nuclear propulsion training in 1996 and subsequently spent two years as an instructor at NPTU Ballston Spa, NY. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in July, 1998. Upon completion of Division Officer School in Newport, R.I., CDR Baker was assigned to USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12) as the Main Propulsion Officer. He then served his second division officer tour at Assault Craft Unit Two as a detachment OIC and LCU Craftmaster.
Following his division officer tours, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA. earning a M.S. in Systems Engineering and Analysis. While there he also completed the Naval War College Joint Professional Military Education.
Upon completion of Department Head School, CDR Baker served as the Chief Engineer onboard USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD-44). Following this tour he assumed command of Patrol Coastal Crew DELTA and USS HURRICANE (PC-3), followed by USS FIREBOLT (PC-10) while forward deployed to the 5th Fleet AOR.
Following his early command tour, CDR Baker was assigned to Washington D.C. as a Federal Executive Fellow. While there he worked on U.S. Maritime Strategy within the Defense Studies group at the American Enterprise Institute. Following his fellowship CDR Baker was assigned to COMNAVSURFLANT working on material readiness improvements for Amphibious and Patrol Coastal ships. Upon completion of that tour, he reported as Executive Officer of USS COMSTOCK (LSD-45). He then served as a Senior Assessor for SURFLANT ships at Engineering Assessments Atlantic, before taking command of USS TORTUGA (LSD-46). He is currently serving as Commanding Officer, Engineering Assessments Atlantic.
CDR Baker’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (6), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and various other campaign medals and unit awards.