|CDR Thomas J. Ehring
Commander Ehring is a Surface Warfare Officer. He is native of Southern California and entered the United States Navy and began Basic Training in San Diego, California in September 1993. He was commissioned into the United States Navy in June of 2000 via Officer Candidate School, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. He has earned an AA, BS, and a MA from Gonzaga University in Washington State.
Following Basic Training, he completed Radioman "A" School at San Diego, California. He reported to his first ship, USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), working as a Flag Radioman for COMMANDER CRUISER DESTROYER GROUP THREE (CCDG-3), home ported in San Diego, California. During this tour he deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1994 and 1996. His first officer assignment was aboard USS STETHEM (DDG-63) home ported at Naval Station San Diego, California, he served as Assistant Operations Officer, Damage Control Officer and Chief Engineer. His next assignment was at Afloat Planning Systems Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, serving as an OIC of a Tactical Tomahawk Detachment. While deployed with his team on USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), he was selected to be the Regional Engagement Officer for Kuwait and United Arab of Emirates, for the FIFTH FLEET COMMANDER. He planned and executed IRON SIREN 2005, a multi-national surface exercise. His next sea assignment was aboard the USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD-18) at Naval Station San Diego, California, where he served as the Operations Officer from 2008 to 2010. For his second Department Head tour, he served aboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan as the Deck Department Head, Safety Officer and Senior Watch Officer from 2010 to 2012.
His shore duty assignments were spent recruiting for Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles from 1997 to 1999 and then for Navy Recruiting District Seattle from 2005 to 2007, where he earned the title Officer & Medical Officer Recruiter of the Year in 2007.
Commander Ehring’s most recent assignment was at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Naval Striking and Support Forces in Oeiras, Portugal. He served as the Strike and Amphibious Officer, and as the Executive Assistant to RDML Kitchener from 2012 to 2015. He also supported the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany as a Joint Targeting Instructor.
Commander Ehring is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal , Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Naval Battle “E” and various unit, campaign and service awards.