|CDR Richard W. Koenig
Chief Staff Officer (October 2009 - October 2011)
Commander Koenig is a native of Paramus, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Navy through the Aviation Apprenticeship Program and began Basic Training at Great Lakes, IL in May 1984. AGAA Koenig attended Aerographer’s Mate “A” School in Rantoul, IL and then reported to his first ship, USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan in December 1984 and participated in numerous multinational exercises. In 1987 AG2 Koenig reported to NAVOCEANCOMDET Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. and in 1988 he was assigned as Aviation Forecast Duty Officer and ASWOC Liaison LPO at NAVOCEANCOMFAC Bermuda. In 1990 AG1(AW) Koenig was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended NROTC Oregon State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in History and his commission in December 1992.
After completing Surface Warfare Office School Division Officer Course, Ensign Koenig reported to his first commissioned assignment as Fire Control/Gunnery Officer & Maintenance Officer on board USS MERRILL (DD 976) in San Diego in October 1993 during which he completed an Arabian Gulf Deployment. In 1996 LT Koenig was assigned to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, in Traverse City Michigan as Officer in Charge of the Naval Science Department. After completing SWOS Department Head Course he reported in February 2000 to USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) in Everett, WA as the Chief Engineer. In August 2001 he was assigned to Afloat Training Group Pacific as an Engineering Assessor, responsible for training and certification of all Pacific Fleet non-nuclear ships. In June 2003 LCDR Koenig attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA, where he received an MBA in Transportation Management and in September 2005 he reported aboard USS HOWARD (DDG 83) as Executive Officer and helped guide the ship through her pre-deployment training cycle and Arabian Gulf Deployment. In February 2007, he reported aboard Commander Naval Beach Group ONE as Chief Staff Officer and oversaw four multi-national Logistics Over-the-Shore operations as well as the response of Beach Group forces in support of the 2007 Santa Catalina and San Diego Wildfires.
He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star, the Good Conduct Medal with one star and various campaign and service awards. Commander Koenig reported aboard Afloat Training Group Pacific / San Diego in March 2009.