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Commander Joseph F. Fals
Executive Officer

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A native of Minooka, Illinois, CDR Fals graduated in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School.

At sea, CDR Fals served as a Machinery Division Officer on USS Enterprise (CVN 65) from 2001 to 2004.  CDR Fals served his first department head tour as Operations Officer on USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) from 2007 to 2009, deploying to the 5th Fleet AOR.  His second department head tour was the Reactor Electrical Assistant on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) from 2009 to 2011 deploying to both the 5th and 7th Fleet AORs. 
Ashore, CDR Fals served as an Assistant Current Operations Officer on the staff of Commander Amphibious Group Two from 2005 to 2007.  He also earned a Master in Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University during this tour.   Following his department head tours, he was assigned as a Junior Board Member on the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board from 2011 to 2013, where he qualified as a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Most recently, he completed a tour as the Deputy Director for Carrier Strike Group ASW training and assessment at the Undersea Warfighting Development Center detachment San Diego, where he was responsible for ASW training and assessment of Destroyer Squadron staffs and ASW-capable surface ships.
Commander Fals’ personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards