Captain John R. Schmidt
Commanding Officer

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Captain Schmidt is a native of Homerville, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned at the United States Naval Academy in May 1992. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State.

Upon completion of nuclear power training in Orlando, Florida and Ballston Spa, New York, and the Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer course, in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to USS Mississippi (CGN 40). In Mississippi from 1994 through 1997 he completed a Mediterranean deployment and served as Reactor Laboratories Division Officer, Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant, Machinery Division Officer, and finished his tour as Assistant Engineer Officer.

Captain Schmidt’s department head tours, from 2000 through 2004, included Operations Officer in USS Russell (DDG 59) and Reactor Electrical Assistant in USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). In Russell he completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In Ronald Reagan he supervised initial construction, testing, and acceptance of reactor controls and electrical equipment, and following Ronald Reagan’s commissioning in July 2003 he completed the shakedown cruise and post-shakedown availability.

His tours ashore have included navigation instructor at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, Pennsylvania State University from 1997 to 1999. From 2004 to 2005 Captain Schmidt was the Executive Officer of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, NY. He served as a NATO Staff Officer (J7 – Training and Exercise) at the Allied Joint Forces Command Headquarters in Brunssum, the Netherlands from 2007 to 2009.

Captain Schmidt was Executive Officer in USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) from 2005 through 2007, completing a counter-piracy deployment to the Horn of Africa region and a deployment as the flagship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two in the Mediterranean. From 2009 through 2011, he commanded USS Halyburton (FFG 40), completing an additional counter-piracy deployment that also included support of NATO operations in Libya.

Following his command tour, Captain Schmidt completed the Joint Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and then served as Reactor Officer in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) from 2012 to 2014, completing the ship’s mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul and returning the ship to operational status.

Captain Schmidt is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal along with various unit and campaign citations.