Commander Michael J. Gunther
Commander Mike Gunther, a native of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, enlisted in the Navy in 1983. After completing Sonar Technician “A” and “C” schools he served in USS MARVIN SHIELDS (FF 1066) from 1985-1989. His next sea tour was in USS PRINCETON (CG 59) from 1994-1995 where he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. He then served as CA Division Leading Chief Petty Officer in USS COWPENS (CG 63) from 1995-1998.
Commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer program in 1998, Commander Gunther was assigned as the Electronics Readiness Officer in USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) from 1998-2001. After converting to Unrestricted Line Officer and completing Department Head training, he served as the Weapons Officer in USS LABOON (DDG 58) from 2004-2006 and Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) from 2006-2007 as part of the DDG crew swap experiment. He completed eight deployments during 16 years of sea duty, serving in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.
Commander Gunther’s shore duties include Electronics and Engineering Department Head at Special Boat Team Twenty; Concept Development, Experimentation, and Requirements Department Head at Naval Special Warfare Group Four; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Readiness and Training at United States Fleet Forces Command; and Sea Combat Commander Team Lead at Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command.
Commander Gunther holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (nine awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various other unit and service awards.
He served as executive officer in USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) from May 2013 to November 2014, and assumed command on December 5, 2014.