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 Damage Control Assistant and Fire Control Officer, then USS BRISCOE (DD 977) as Navigator. During these sea tours he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and then 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 completing a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and participating as the flagship for 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 and Enterprise Readiness Center. 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 and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I, while completing the Maritime Advanced Warfare School curriculum.
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) and multiple unit and service awards.