Commander Rusty WilliamsonExecutive Officer
Commander Williamson is a native of Yankton, South Dakota, and a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Physiology in 2000.
His previous sea-duty assignments include tours as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on USS ESTOCIN (FFG 15) and following completion of nuclear propulsion training, as a Reactor Controls Division Officer on USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). He also served as Operations Officer on USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) and as Reactor Electrical Assistant on USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). During these sea tours, he completed four deployments to the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets.
Ashore, he has served as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, Rhode Island, and on the staff of Naval Reactors, as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director and speechwriter to the Director. His most recent tour was on the Joint Staff, J-8, Program and Budget Analysis Division as a Defense Resource Manager, and later as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition, J-8.
Commander Williamson holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, graduating with honors from Boston University in 2007 and is a Joint Qualified Officer.
Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is also entitled to wear the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), Battle Efficiency Award (6 awards), Sea Service Award
(4 awards), and various other unit, campaign, and service awards.