Commander Christopher J. Schwarz
Commander Christopher J. Schwarz, native of West Chester, PA, graduated from Washington State University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Commander Schwarz’s at sea assignments include Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in USS GARY (FFG 51), Fire Control Officer in USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), Weapons and Combat Systems Officer in USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101), and Commanding Officer in USS TEMPEST (PC 2) and USS WHIRLWIND (PC 11). During these tours, he deployed to the European, Pacific, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility.
Ashore, he served as Surface Warfare Officer Detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS41), action officer in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Plans and Policy (OPNAV N3N5), and requirements branch chief in the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff, J8. He most recently served as Special Assistant to the 18th and 19th Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Commander Schwarz’s personal awards and decorations include the Joint Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations, campaign medals, and service ribbons.