USS WASP


Captain Brian T. Teets
Commanding Officer

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Captain Brian Teets, a native of Urbana, Ohio received his commission in March of 1990 through the Navy ROTC program at The Ohio State University where he earned a BSBA in Production and Operations Management.

He reported to his first tour with the “Swampfoxes” of HSL-44 at NAS Mayport, Florida, flying the SH-60B helicopter. Serving three years with HSL-44, he deployed first to the Arabian Gulf embarked in USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) in 1992, and then embarked in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) as part of the SARATOGA Battle Group in 1994 to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

Captain Teets’ first shore tour in 1995 was as Aide to the Commander, Naval Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois, and then to the Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola, Florida, dual-hatted as the Director of Navy Training, CNO (N7).

He reported aboard the Norfolk, Virginia based USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in 1997 as the Operations Administration Officer where he qualified as Officer of the Deck and deployed in 1998 to the Arabian Gulf taking part in Operation DESERT FOX.

In 2000 Captain Teets joined the HSL-45 “Wolfpack” stationed at NAS North Island, California. Embarked in USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) he deployed to the Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf with the CARL VINSON Battle Group in 2001 for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Completing his tour as squadron Operations Officer, he detached in 2002 and reported to the Officer Plans and Promotions office on the staff of the Chief of Naval Personnel/Chief of Naval Operations (N1).

Captain Teets then reported to the National War College for the 2005/2006 academic year graduating with a MS in National Security Strategy. He also earned a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2006.

He reported as Executive Officer of the HSL-37 “Easyriders” aboard MCBH at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in February 2007 and assumed command in May 2008. In August 2009 he reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) where he specialized in Foreign Military Sales policy.

Captain Teets became reported as Executive Officer of USS WASP (LHD 1) in December 2011 and assumed command in July 2013.