Commander Les Sobol
Commander Sobol assumed duties as Commanding Officer of USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) in January 2017. He enlisted in 1988 and served as a Sonar Technician aboard USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64). He was subsequently assigned to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Pacific as an instructor for STG Class “A” School and Digital Electronics Training courses.
Commander Sobol was selected for Officer Candidate School and received his commission as a Surface Warfare Officer in 1999. Sea Assignments include tours on USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) as Weapons Officer and Main Propulsion Division Officer, USS PREBLE (DDG 88) as Fire Control Officer, USS PORTER (DDG 78) as Chief Engineer. While deployed to the Horn of Africa, PORTER engaged in Counter-Piracy Operations and was directly responsible for the safe release of 68 crewmembers from four pirated vessels. His follow-on assignments were as Material Officer and Senior Readiness Officer for Destroyer Squadron TWO, Flag Aide for the Commander, U.S. SECOND FLEET, Project Officer- Material Standards Assessment Group for Surface Forces Atlantic, and Officer in Charge for the Basic Division Officer Course in Norfolk, VA.
Commander Sobol holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and unit awards.