CDR Christopher McCallum
Commander Christopher M. McCallum is a Virginia native and a 1996 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.
After completing Division Officer training at Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI, his initial sea assignment was in USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Aboard, he earned designation as a Surface Warfare Officer while serving in Deck Department. In 1999, after completing AEGIS Weapons System training, he transferred to USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). He served as Fire Control Officer and Tomahawk Strike Officer and deployed during her maiden deployment with the George Washington Battle Group to the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.
In 2001, he reported ashore to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs focusing in Northeast Asia. While in Monterey, he earned Joint Professional Military Education Phase I through the Naval War College.
Following graduation from Surface Warfare Officer School, Department Head in 2003, he reported as Weapons Officer in USS Stout (DDG 55). He deployed as a member of Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean and participated in numerous multinational exercises supporting the Global War on Terror. 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) as a member of DDG Crew Sierra in support of the Atlantic Fleet DDG Crew Swap deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
In 2006, he reported ashore to US Fleet Forces Command and served in the Global Force Management branch scheduling Ballistic Missile Defense assets and surface combatants. From 2009 through 2011, he was assigned at Headquarters, US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany as the lead military exercise planner for the United States and Israel.
CDR McCallum’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.