CDR Dennis J. Volpe
CDR Dennis Volpe is originally from Long Island, New York and attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History in 1996.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS SPRUANCE(DD 963) from January 1997 until November 2000, where he served as Communications Officer, Training Officer and First Lieutenant. In October 2004, he reported to USS GETTYSBURG(CG 64) and served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer until January 2008. CDR Volpe recently finished his Executive Officer tour on USS TAYLOR (FFG 50) from April 2011 until October 2012. CDR Volpe has participated in deployments in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caribbean Sea, Eastern Pacific, Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa.
CDR Volpe’s tours ashore include instructor duty at the United States Naval Academy as a member of the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department. While assigned to the United States Naval Academy, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Postgraduate School. In February 2008, CDR Volpe was selected to attend the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. While assigned to the Naval War College, he obtained a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, a counterinsurgency subspecialty and Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. CDR Volpe served as a long-range operational planner (CJ5) at the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) in Kabul, Afghanistan from July 2009 until July 2010.
CDR Volpe’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards); Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards) and various unit, service and campaign awards.