Lieutenant Commander Michael Toth
LCDR Toth hails from North Ridgeville, Ohio in 1968. In 1986, he enlisted and upon completion of boot camp and nuclear pipeline training, reported to his first ship, USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) for pre-commissioning duty, serving from August 1988 until December 1992 as a nuclear propulsion plant operator.
In March of 1993, Petty Officer Toth reported to USS HUNLEY (AS 31), serving as a Radiological Controls Monitor (RCM) and Radiological Controls Shift Supervisor (RCSS). In September of 1994, after decommissioning HUNLEY, he reported for duty aboard USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS 36) where he also served as a RCM and RCSS, as well as Work Center Supervisor and Leading Petty Officer. It was aboard L. Y. SPEAR that Petty Officer Toth applied to and was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Officer Candidate Toth attended Old Dominion University from August of 1996 until graduation in May 1999, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Computer Science and his commission. After successful completion of Surface Warfare Officer’s School, Division Officer’s Course, ENS Toth reported for duty aboard USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) in November 1999 and served aboard until October of 2001. His duties included First Division Officer, Second Division Officer and Machinery Division Officer. Lieutenant Junior Grade Toth attended AEGIS pipeline Combat Systems Officer training, and reported for duty onboard USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) in March 2002. There he served as the Training Officer, Navigator, and the Training, Navigation and Administration Department Head. He then transferred to shore duty to Surface Warfare Development Group and served as the Surface Gunnery Officer.
Returning once again to Newport, RI, LT Toth completed Department Head training and then reported to USS ASHLAND (LSD 48), in March 2007, serving as First Lieutenant and Senior Watch Officer until September 2009 when he reported for duty in USS PONCE (LPD 15) for his second department head tour as Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer. Upon completion of his department head tours, LCDR Toth attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI, graduating in June 2011, and received follow-on orders to United States Fleet Forces Command, serving in the Antiterrorism Directorate. During his tour at USFFC, LCDR Toth volunteered for a one year individual augmentee assignment as Combat Systems Officer on USS PONCE (AFSB(I) 15). He is currently servers as Executive Officer, USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41).
LCDR Toth’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards), Battle Efficiency (three awards), Good Conduct (three awards), National Defense (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.