Commander Christopher D. Stone
Commander Christopher D. Stone of Fort Worth, Texas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science.
Following surface warfare training, he reported to the guided missile cruiser USS PRINCETON (CG 59) where he served as Auxiliaries Officer, First Lieutenant, and Assistant Operations Officer. As a department head, CDR Stone served aboard the cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. During that tour, he deployed with the CONSTELLATION Battle Group to the Arabian Gulf and participated in the opening months of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR Stone served as Executive Officer of USS STOUT (DDG 55) from December 2007 through January 2010, completing the inaugural Navy Ballistic Missile Defense deployment in the European Command Area of Responsibility. CDR Stone reported to United States Joint Forces Command, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) in February 2010 as a member of the Joint Deployable Team. While assigned, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan to coordinate Rule of Law development efforts across 14 U.S. government and multi-national agencies, and later served as the first JECC Liaison Officer to United States Transportation Command during re-assignment.
Ashore, CDR Stone served as the Area Air Defense Section Head and Standard Missile Requirements Officer (N865D/N765D) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Directorate. He spearheaded early development of the Navy’s SM-6 Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM).
CDR Stone is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School where he received his master’s degree in Systems Technology (Joint C4I Curriculum). Graduating at the top of his class, he received the Navy League Award for Academic Achievement, Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Academic Achievement, and Outstanding Thesis Award. He completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Phase II at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.
Awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal, two Battle Efficiency awards, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.