Captain Clinton A. Carroll
Chief of Staff
Captain Carroll is the son of the late BMCM(SW) Carroll and the late Mrs. Carroll. A native of Virginia, he graduated from High School and reported to the United States Naval Academy in 1985. He graduated from USNA in May 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in political science. During the summer of 1989, he was a Marshall Cox Fund Scholar at the Université de François Rabelais in Tours, France.
Captain Carroll served as Communications Officer and Navigator/Administrative Officer in USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) from May 1990 through September 1993. He served in USS Briscoe (DD 977) as Operations Officer from November 1996 to June 1998 and as Operations Officer in USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) from September 1998 to April 2000. Captain Carroll served in USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as Damage Control Assistant from May 2003 through October 2004 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commanded USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) from November 2007 to May 2009. The Sailors of Robert G. Bradley earned the 2008 Battle Effectiveness Award, the 2009 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for Food Service Excellence and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Africa Partnership Station under his command. He commanded Amphibious Squadron THREE and the ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group from June 2014 through March 2016 deploying to the PACOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM theaters.
Ashore, Captain Carroll has served as a Company Officer and Instructor at the French Naval Academy, as an Instructor and Fleet Schedules Officer at Tactical Training Group Pacific, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations for the Quadrennial Defense Review 2006, as the Chief of the Nuclear Strike Branch in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff, as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, and as the Chief of Naval Operations’ Fellow to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Captain Carroll earned a Master of Business Administration from the Executive MBA Program at San Diego State University in 2002 and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C. in 2007. He is a French linguist. Additionally, Captain Carroll was a Joint Staff Fellow for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program for 2010 – 2011.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (Gold Star in lieu of Second Award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Fourth Award), the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Third Award), the Navy Achievement Medal, the "Médaille de Bronze de la Défense Nationale avec agrafe 'marine nationale'" from the French government, and numerous unit and campaign awards. Additionally, he was a recipient of the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Junior Officer Shiphandling Award for 1997 and was awarded the Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley Distinguished Graduate Award from the Surface Warfare Officers School Command in 2007. Captain Carroll is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.