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Captain Dennis Velez
Commanding Officer

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Captain Dennis Velez was commissioned an Ensign in 1992 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

At sea, Captain Velez served as Pre-Commissioning Gunnery Officer, Auxiliaries Officer and First Lieutenant aboard USS STOUT (DDG 55), Operations Officer aboard USS CARR (FFG 52), and Operations Officer/Air Defense Officer aboard USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64). He has also served as Joint Training Officer and Military Assistant to the Deputy Commander with Commander Second Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic, permanently embarked aboard USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20). His Executive Officer Tour was aboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75). He commanded the Guided Missile Destroyer USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. His most recent at sea assignment was as Deputy Commodore for DESTROYER SQUADRON FIFTEEN. Captain Velez has operational experience in the Pacific, Atlantic, Middle East, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Southwest Asia theaters.

Ashore, Captain Velez served as Officer in Charge of Western Hemisphere Group Caribbean Area Coordinator in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. He also served as Surface Placement Branch Head, Head Junior Surface Warfare Distribution, Assistant Captain Detailer and Deputy Director for Surface Warfare Distribution (PERS-41) for the Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. Most recently, he served on the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy (CJCS J-5) Directorate as Chief, North East Asia Division and Assistant Director for Political-Military Affairs, Asia.

Captain Velez has also earned a Masters in Science in Information Technology Management.