Captain Erik M. Ross
CAPT Erik M. Ross is a native of Appleton, Wisconsin. He studied Government and International Relations at Cornell University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988. He received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program at Cornell.
CAPT Ross first served at sea as Gunnery Officer and Electrical Officer in USS CORONADO (AGF 11). Subsequently, he served at sea as Assistant Operations and Plans Officer on the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron One, Operations Officer in USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994), Operations and Plans Officer on the Staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron Four, Executive Officer in USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), and Operations Officer in USS TARAWA (LHA 1). From February 2006 to August 2007 he commanded the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41). Most recently, CAPT Ross served as Executive Officer in USS BATAAN (LHD 5) from May 2010 to July 2011, fleeting up to command USS BATAAN (LHD 5) from August 2011 to February 2013.
CAPT Ross first served ashore as a Student in the Advanced Education Program (AEP) at the University of San Diego, graduating with a Master of Arts in International Relations. Subsequently, he served ashore in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate on the staff of Commander, United States Pacific Command, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel (OPNAV N00K), as the Director of the Fleet and International Training Department (N72) at Surface Warfare Officers School, and as an instructor at the Navy’s Command Leadership School. He also served as OPNAV N953, Branch Head for Amphibious Warfare, and currently serves as Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
CAPT Ross has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.