USS MESA VERDE


LCDR Ethan M. Rule
Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander Ethan Rule graduated from Seton Hall University and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in 2000.

His sea duty assignments include division officer tours as Main Propulsion Officer in USS BATAAN (LHD 5) and Navigator in USS SEATTLE (AOE 3).  On BATAAN, he completed two deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  During his time on SEATTLE, the ship deployed in support of OEF/OIF and steamed more than 62,000 miles.  His first department head tour was Chief Engineer on USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) where he oversaw the first Dock Landing Ship mid life overhaul.  His next tour was Chief Engineer on USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17) where he completed a complex 18 month overhaul.

His shore duty assignments include Training Support Center (TSC) Hampton Roads as Fleet Training Liaison Officer.  During his tour at TSC, he completed an Individual Augmentation in Afghanistan as an Electronic Warfare Officer.  Following his department head tours, he served as Flag Secretary for Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic.  He earned his Master of Arts in Policy and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College.

LCDR Rule’s personal awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, four Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit awards.