Commander Russell P. Meier
Commander Meier, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. In May 2012, he was awarded a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the United States Naval War College. While studying in residence, he also completed the Maritime Advanced Wartime School (MAWS) and is a designated Joint Planner.
Commander Meier's sea tours began as a junior officer on board USS CARR (FFG 52) where he served as the Communications Officer and Damage Control Assistant from March 2002 to June 2005, deploying to the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Department Head, he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer of USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) from Apr 2008 to July 2011 and completed deployments to the North Atlantic and the east coast of Africa in support of Africa Partnership Station.
Commander Meier's shore assignments include a tour as an Operational Test Director for Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, the Maritime Homeland Defense Lead Planner for Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command, and Project Officer for the Expeditionary Sea Base for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic.
Commander Meier is entitled to wear the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (3 awards) and several unit and service awards.
Commander Meier is married and they have three children.