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Commander David M. Zielinski
Commanding Officer

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CDR Dave Zielinski received his commission in March 1998 after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

His first tour of duty was aboard USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. In April 2001, CDR Zielinski reported aboard USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) as the Main Propulsion Assistant.
From 2002 to 2005, CDR Zielinski served as Navigation instructor at NROTC Unit Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
In November 2005, CDR Zielinski reported aboard USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49) where he served as Chief Engineer. In July 2007 he reported to Commander, Amphibious Squadron TWO as Staff Material Officer, also serving for a time as acting Chief Engineer aboard USS OAK HILL (LSD 51).
Following a year of study at the United States Naval War College, CDR Zielinski served in 2010 as the Officer in Charge of the Navy Petroleum Detachment at COB Adder in Iraq, working with the Army’s 224th Sustainment Brigade. CDR Zielinski served from 2010 to 2012 as the Afloat Safety Officer course lead instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, Rhode Island. In November 2012 he reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, where he served as an Acquisition Analyst within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
CDR Zielinski holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and service awards.