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Commander Alysa L. Ambrose
Commanding Officer

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Commander Alysa L. Ambrose Mansfield is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she was commissioned through the NROTC program and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Social History.

Afloat, Commander Ambrose completed division officer tours as Electrical and Repair Officer in USS PELELIU (LHA 5) and as commissioning Combat Information Center Officer and Assistant Operations Officer in USS HIGGINS (DDG 76). As a department head, she served as Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer aboard USS SPRUANCE (DD 963) and USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58) where she led the ship through a basic phase training cycle, before deploying in GWOT Surge ’05, and a comprehensive Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) review. She was the Executive officer in GRAVELY from May 2013-December 2014.

Ashore, Commander Ambrose’s assignments include tours in the Navy Staff, Director of Strategy and Policy (N5), Chief of Naval Personnel Command (N12) Total Force Manpower Requirements, US Joint Forces Command (J86) Joint Capability Development, and the Joint Staff (J31) Force Analysis.

Commander Ambrose has attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs, Region Security Studies, Middle East. She has completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and II, and is designated as a Joint Specialty Officer.

Commander Ambrose’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal (4), and various unit, campaign and service medals.