Commander Jesse G. Espe
Hailing from Middleburg, Florida, Commander Jesse Espe graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After completion of Surface Warfare Officer division officer training in Newport, RI, he reported to USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD 981) as the Gunnery Officer in February 1997. While there, the ship deployed to the Mediterranean, participating in several multinational exercises as well as steaming with the NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean. In October 1998, he commenced naval nuclear power training in Charleston, SC and reported to Norfolk, VA onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in January 2000 as the Forward Machinery Division Officer.
After successfully earning designation as a Nuclear Engineer Officer, Commander Espe attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a degree in Defense Financial Management in the school’s inaugural MBA class as well as a subspecialty in Financial Management.
Upon graduation in June 2003, he returned to Newport for Surface Warfare Officer department head training. Returning to Norfolk, he reported aboard USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) in March 2004 as the Combat Systems Officer. During his tour, the ship deployed with Expeditionary Strike Group Two to the Fifth Fleet, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror. Shifting gears in July 2005, he transferred to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as the Reactor Electrical Assistant, completing the first 27 months of the ship’s Refueling and Complex Overhaul in Newport News, VA.
In October 2007, Commander Espe’s next assignment brought him to the Washington Navy Yard as the CVN Technical Assistant to the Deputy Director, Office of Naval Reactors. His most recent assignment was in the Pentagon, where he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation (OSD-CAPE) as the Naval Forces Division surface combatant analyst. While at OSD-CAPE, he earned a Master of Systems Analysis degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a subspecialty designation in Operations Research Analysis.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.
The XO reported onboard on the 17th of September 2012.