Lieutenant Commander Randolph (Randy) Chestang IV
Lieutenant Commander Randolph (Randy) Chestang IV hails from Bassfield, Mississippi. He graduated from Southern University and A&M College with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission through the Navy ROTC program in 1999.
At sea, LCDR Chestang completed his first Division Officer tour aboard USS ELROD (FFG 55) while serving in Engineering Department as Damage Control Assistant to include a deployment to SIXTHFLT in the Mediterranean Sea in support of NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM). His next tour was as Operations Officer in USS CHIEF (MCM 14) where he deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the approaches to the Suez Canal conducting mine clearance operations in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
As a Department Head in USS STEPHEN W GROVES (FFG 29), LCDR Chestang served as Operations Officer. During his tour, he deployed to the Eastern Pacific in support Counter-Narco Terrorism. His second Department Head tour was in USS PHILLIPINE SEA (CG 58) where he served as Operations Officer and EDSRA Coordinator becoming the first in the Atlantic Fleet to complete Cruiser Modernization.
Shore duty assignments include a tour in Program Executive Office for Information Technology Activity, New Orleans where he served as NSIPS Project Officer culminating in acquisition certifications in Program Management and Information Technology. As a post-Department Head, LCDR Chestang was assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Surface Warfare Division (OPNAV N86/96) in Arlington, VA as Action Officer and served in multiple positions: Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) Requirements Officer, and Surface Maintenance Requirements Officer.
LCDR Chestang completed his post graduate degree while assigned to Naval War College Newport earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I.
Personal awards include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with multiple awards for both.