USS JAMES E WILLIAMS


Commander Chad A. Fella
Executive Officer

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CDR Fella completed a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University and was commissioned upon completion of Officer Candidate School in 1998.

His first sea tour was aboard USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68), as the Electronic Warfare Officer and Training Officer while completing a Mediterranean deployment. In the spring of 2002, he reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as a Reactor Mechanical Division Officer for a Western Pacific deployment.

In 2004, CDR Fella served in the Maritime Coordination Element at Camp Lemonnier as part of CJTF-HOA. After returning from Djibouti, he worked at Navy Recruiting Region South until 2006.

His first department head tour was as the Operations Officer aboard USS DOYLE (FFG 39) for a deployment off West Africa. In April 2008, he joined USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in the Persian Gulf as the Reactor Electrical Assistant.

In June 2010, CDR Fella reported to Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) as a Maritime Planner and stood Battle Watch Captain in the Joint Operations Center. During his second year at SOCEUR he transitioned from the Eastern Europe Regional Working Group to focus on Western Europe and the Levant. Upon returning from the Joint & Combined Warfighting School in the spring of 2012, CDR Fella began serving as the Executive Officer for COMSOCEUR.

CDR Fella is authorized to wear the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze service stars. In addition to various campaign and unit awards presented to teams of which he has been a member, his contributions have been recognized by the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards).