Lieutenant Commander Rich C. Eytel
LCDR Eytel is a 2003 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics. He earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
His operational assignments include division officer tours as Damage Control Assistant onboard USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) and Navigator on USS MONTEREY (CG 61). He served Department Head tours as Operations Officer on USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and Operations Officer on the staff of Destroyer Squadron 22.
Ashore, LCDR Eytel served as a Seamanship and Navigation Instructor at the United States Naval Academy, as an action officer on the OPNAV N51 staff, and as Deputy Fleet Schedules at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).