Commander Michael S. Cloud
Cmdr. Michael Cloud entered the Navy in 1989 and commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in May 1999. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts and was designated a Surface Warfare Officer in 2001.
Afloat, Cloud completed tours aboard USS Yorktown (CG 48), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Mustin (DDG 89), Destroyer Squadron Fifteen and Carrier Strike Groups Two and Four. He has completed multiple deployments with the Kitty Hawk, George Washington and George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Groups.
Cloud completed shore duty assignments as Joint Air Defense Officer on the staff of Joint Combat Identification and Evaluation Team and Flag Aide to President, U.S. Naval War College. He reported to USS Nitze (DDG 94) as Executive Officer in September 2015.
Cloud holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy University and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He earned JPME Phase II from the National Defense University, Joint Forces Staff College in 2013.
Cloud’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (Second award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Fourth award) and various other unit and campaign awards.