|CDR Adrian DeCarlos Ragland
A native of College Park, Georgia, Commander Ragland is a graduate of Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He received his commission as an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in August 1995. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Resource Strategy from The Eisenhower School, National Defense University.
His sea duty assignments include Second Division (Deck) Officer in USS SUPPLY (AOE 6); Training Officer in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50); First Lieutenant, in USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49) and USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42) assigned to Forward Deployed Naval Forces home ported in Sasebo, Japan; Operations Officer in USS SHREVPORT (LPD 12); and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer in USS TORTUGA (LSD 46) assigned to Forward Deployed Naval Forces home ported in Sasebo Japan. Highlights of his sea tours include; supporting recovery efforts in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans, Louisiana assigned to USS SHREVEPORT. During his tour in TORTUGA CDR Ragland was the first XO/CO fleet up officer leading the ship through a successful Board of Inspection Survey (INSURV) and recognized as Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle E) winner, winner Captain Edward F. Ney award for food service operations excellence, and awarded the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for greatest improved ship throughout the Pacific Fleet for 2009. As Commanding Officer, CDR Ragland supported OPERATION TOMODACHI embarking 300 Japanese Ground Self Defense Force troops and 99 land vehicles in the wake of the tsunami disaster throughout Japan in 2011. In 2012, TORTUGA was recognized as winner Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award.
CDR Ragland staff and shore assignments include Strategic Information Operations Planner (PACOM AOR) at the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command, San Antonio, Texas a component command of United States Strategic Command; Navy Staff in the Pentagon (OPNAV) Washington, D.C. serving in the International Engagement Directorate (N52), as Section Chief, Western Hemisphere; and most recently as Assistant Chief of Staff OPERATIONS (N3), CTF 76/Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN, Okinawa, Japan.
CDR Ragland’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.