LCDR James R. Bird
LCDR James R. Bird graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 1999 with a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, and a 3rd Mate’s license. Following his commissioning and SWOS division officer course, he reported onboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3), and served in Deck and Operations departments.
He then entered the nuclear power training pipeline, graduating top in his class before reporting to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in 2003. He served in Reactor department and was onboard during the opening phases of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Following this tour, LCDR Bird reported to Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, NY, where he served as a Shift engineer, tasked with training the Navy’s next generation of nuclear operators.
Following SWOS Department Head School, LCDR Bird reported to USS ESSEX (LHD-2) in 2009, where he served as Combat Systems Maintenance Officer. He chose to remain in Sasebo following this tour, and served as the Material and Logistics officer for COMPHIBRON ELEVEN.
LCDR Bird then completed his Masters at the Naval War college, where he participated in the Gravely advanced research group. He then served as a Personnel Exchange Program officer, working for Commander, Australian Amphibious Task Group in Sydney, Australia, as their Maritime Operations Officer.
LCDR Bird reported onboard USS DENVER in June, 2013