USS John Paul Jones
In Harms Way
(August 8, 2017 - Present)
CDR Mike Dwan
Executive Officer

A native of Port Monmouth, New Jersey, CDR Mike Dwan is a 2000 graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in English and was commissioned through the Navy ROTC program.

Initial sea duty assignments include USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) as Electrical Officer and USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71) as Training Officer. His Department Head tour was aboard USS MILIUS (DDG 69) as Weapons Officer fleeting up as the Combat Systems Officer. Prior to earning his commission, he served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator (AW) in PATROL SQUADRON SIXTEEN (VP 16).

Ashore, he served as the Ballistic Missile Defense Plans Officer, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; as the Naval Integrated Fire Control–Counter Air (NIFC-CA) Requirements Officer, Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N96) staff, and as the Integrated Air & Missile Defense Branch Lead for Headquarters, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). He is also a graduate of the IAMD Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) program. He completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through the Naval War College, Monterey and graduated with distinction from Department Head School where he received the “Arleigh Burke Prize for Excellence” award.

CDR Dwan earned his Master’s in Information Warfare Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and the Surface Warfare Officer’s School VADM John D. Bulkeley Distinguished Graduate Award along with other personal, unit, and various campaign awards.



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