Commander Christopher M. McCallum
Commander Christopher M. McCallum is a Virginia native and a 1996 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.
After completing Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI, his initial sea assignment was in USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) where he served in Deck Department. In 1999, he transferred to USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) serving as Fire Control Officer and Strike Officer during her maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.
Ashore, he earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs focusing in Northeast Asia at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. While in Monterey, he earned Joint Professional Military Education Phase I through the Naval War College.
Returning to sea in 2003, he reported as Weapons Officer in USS Stout (DDG 55) and deployed as a member of Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean. During his second Department Head tour, he served as Combat Systems Officer in USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Laboon (DDG 58) in support of the Atlantic Fleet DDG Crew Swap deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
In 2006, he reported ashore to US Fleet Forces Command to serve in Global Force Management scheduling Ballistic Missile Defense assets. In 2009, he transferred to Headquarters, US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany and served as the lead military exercise planner for the United States and Israel.
Returning to USS Laboon (DDG 58) in October of 2012, he served as Executive Officer until assuming command in January 2014.