USS OSCAR AUSTIN


CDR Brian Diebold 
Executive Officer

CDR Brian Diebold      Commander Brian J. Diebold is a native of Brownsburg, Indiana and enlisted in the Navy in 1988.   He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and received a commission via the Enlisted Commissioning Program.

     His first sea tour of duty was aboard USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan.   He served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Damage Control Assistant, Navigator and participated in numerous multi-national operations and exercises.   In December, 1997 CDR Diebold reported to USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) where he served as the Main Propulsion Assistant.

     In June 2000, CDR Diebold was selected to attend the Naval Post Graduate School.   While assigned to NPS, he obtained a Master's of Science Degree in Information Technology Management.

     CDR Diebold reported to USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) for his first Department Head Assignment and served as the Combat Systems Officer from 2003-2005 where he completed and Eastern Pacific Counter-Narcotics Deployment.

     In July 2005, CDR Diebold assumed command of USS HURRICANE (PC 3) in San Diego, CA and completed several Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) port visits to various nations throughout the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).   In April 2006, CDR Diebold assumed command of USS SIROCCO (PC 6) deployed to the 5th fleet AOR and conducted operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).   Under his command, SIROCCO conducted numerous Oil Platform defense patrols, coalition exercises, and participated in the first joint Iraqi Navy, Army, and Air Force exercise.

     In June 2007, CDR Diebold reported ashore to a Combatant Commander staff assignment as an action officer in the Maritime Branch, Current Operations Division, Operations Directorate (J3), United States Central Command.   He later served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Current Operations.

     In June 2009, CDR Diebold reported to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Command Norfolk, VA for a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment (GSA).   He served as a United States Naval Forces Central Command Liaison Officer until June 2010.

     CDR Diebold's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars; Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars; various unit, service, and campaign awards.