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Commander Meger D. Chappell
Commanding Officer

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Commander Chappell is a native of Chicago, IL. He is a 1997 graduate of Norfolk State University and also attended Old Dominion University. He obtained a Master of Science in Management from Troy University and completed studies at Air Command and Staff College where he earned a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree.

Commander Chappell’s previous operational assignments consisted of tours in USS ARTHUR W. RADFORD (DD 968), USS CARR (FFG 52), USS ELROD (FFG 55) and Destroyer Squadron TWO EIGHT respectively. During his operational tour in USS Elrod (FFG 55) as Operations Officer, the ship garnered all command and control excellence awards, the Marjorie Sterrett Award, CNO Safety Award and the Battle E decoration. He deployed as Operations Officer in Destroyer Squadron 28/Commander, Task Group 152.0 with the EISENHOWER Strike Group in support of operations in the Arabian Gulf, in Iraq, and over Afghanistan in 2006-2007.

Ashore, Commander Chappell served in Afloat Training Group Norfolk where he performed duties as Training Liaison Officer and C4I Combat Systems Division Officer. He also served as Surface Warfare Officer First Tour Department Head Detailer in PERS 41. Commander Chappell’s most recent shore assignment was as Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Afloat Programs Department Head, where he contributed to fleet readiness through the determination of the quantity and quality of manpower requirements for ships, submarines, expeditionary forces, and afloat staffs.

CDR Chappell served as Executive Officer in USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) from June 2014 through November 2015. He returned to USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) in February 2016 and assumed Command in March 2016. CDR Chappell holds various decorations and awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6x), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5x).