Commander Michael E. Concannon
CDR Michael Concannon, a native of Keokuk, IA, enlisted in the Navy as a Machinist Mate in 1988, received his commission from The Citadel in 1996 and received his Master’s Degree in Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and General Staff College in 2009.
Ashore, CDR Concannon served twice as a staff instructor at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, SC. He completed a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment in Iraq as the Executive Officer of the Besmaya National Training Center Logistics Military Advisory Team and later as the Senior Training Advisor for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Peshmerga in Irbil, Iraq. His latest shore assignment was as a Battle Watch Captain in the USFF Maritime Operations Center at Fleet Forces Command. At sea, CDR Concannon served as a nuclear-qualified Machinist Mate in USS DANIEL BOONE (SSBN 629). He served in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) as the Operations Intelligence Division Officer and Navigator and in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) as the Reactor Mechanical Division Officer. As a Department Head, he served in USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) as the Operations Officer and in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) as the Reactor Electrical Assistant. His last assignment was as Executive Officer in USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) prior to assuming command of USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59).
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various other campaign and service awards.