Commander James "Doug” Rhoads
Commander Rhoads is a native of Kansas City, MO and joined the Navy in 1982. Following Recruit and Apprenticeship Training at Great Lakes, he reported aboard USS IOWA (BB-61) for his initial sea tour. The remainder of his enlisted tours as a Boatswain’s Mate was onboard USS Frederick (LST-1184) and USS ESSEX (LHD-2) in San Diego.
Following selection for the Limited Duty Officer program in 1993, his operational tours were as the ships Replenishment Boatswain aboard USS MOUNT HOOD (AE-29) in Concord, CA; in 1996 he returned to the east coast and assumed duties as Assistant First Lieutenant onboard USS Bataan (LHD-5). In 1999 he reported as OIC Afloat and Craftmaster for Fleet Composite Squadron SIX (VC-6) seaborne target detachment based out of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek. In 2001 he was back at sea aboard USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) as First Lieutenant and deployed in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. In 2005 he reported as First Lieutenant aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73). CDR Rhoads shore assignments were as Director of Technical Training for Recruit Training Command Great Lakes 2003-2005, where he led all schoolhouses, and most notably was the RTC design team lead for Battle Stations-21. Following a four month tour in 2007 as surface operations officer with the staff of Commander Naval Special Warfare Group Four, he reported to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek as Port Operations Officer; in 2009 he was assigned as Branch Head (PERS-833) Post Selection Board Matters, Navy Personnel Command; and in 2011 assumed duties as Executive Officer for Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
CDR Rhoads has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and is a member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society for business administration. Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals, along with various service medals and unit citations.