Commander Chris Gilbertson
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Commander Chris Gilbertson enlisted in the Navy in 1988 and served as an Interior Communications Electrician in USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN 711) until 1993. Selected for the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and subsequently the Enlisted Commissioning Program, he attended Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.
Afloat, Commander Gilbertson completed his division officer tours aboard the destroyer USS BARRY (DDG 52) as the Damage Control Assistant and Fire Control Officer and then aboard USS BRISCOE (DD 977) as the Navigator. During his sea tours he made one deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and then to the Baltic Sea in support of BALTOPS 2002. Both department head tours were aboard the cruiser USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) as the Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer where he made one deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and participated as the flagship in BALTOPS 2006. Subsequently, he served as the Executive Officer in MCM CREW REAPER, fleeting up to Commanding Officer in 2009, commanding USS CHAMPION (MCM 4), USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6), and USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11).
Ashore, Commander Gilbertson served as the Sealift Team Chief at USTRANSCOM in the Strategy, Policy, Programs, and Logistics Directorate. Prior to reporting to USTRANSCOM, he completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase II at the Joint Forces Staff College. Previously, he was a student at the Naval War College, earning a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, completed the Maritime Advanced Warfare School curriculum, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.
Commander Gilbertson's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with Silver Star) as well as multiple unit and service awards.