USS SHAMAL


Lieutenant Gillian Medina
Commanding Officer

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Lieutenant Gillian Medina began her career by enlisting in the United States Navy in 1991 under the Delayed Entry Program. She was commissioned through the Seaman to Admiral Program and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Diego in May 2003.

As an enlisted Sailor, she graduated from Recruit Training Command Orlando in 1992. A rated Boatswains Mate, she was assigned to Naval Station Mayport Harbor Operations, USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33), USS McKEE (AS 41), and USS COWPENS (CG 63).

Following commissioning, her operational tours include Assistant Damage Control Assistant in USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), Navigator in USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85), and Combat Systems Officer in USS RENTZ (FFG 46).

She graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Political Management.

Assignments ashore have included a tour as aide to the deputy at U.S. Fifth Fleet and as editor of Surface Warfare Magazine, Chief of Naval Operations (N86).

Her personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), and various campaign and unit awards.