Commanding Officer (June 13, 2014 - Present)
CAPT Joe de Leon
Commanding Officer

Captain Joe de Leon’s current assignment is as Commander, Engineering Assessments Pacific, responsible for shipboard Engineering material and operational certification in the Pacific Fleet.

He is the son of a Navy Chief and a native of San Diego, California. He attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School and entered the Naval Academy in June 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned in May of 1987. Afloat assignments include tours on USS STEIN (FF-1065), Destroyer Squadron FIVE, USS WADSWORTH (FFG-9), CINCPACFLT Propulsion Examining Board, Carrier Strike Group THREE, USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG-48) and command of USS GARY (FFG-51) in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

Shore assignments include tours on the Joint Staff J-7, Pentagon, Chief of Naval Operations OPNAV N42, Naval Inspector General, U.S. Naval Academy, Fleet Training Group and Afloat Training Group San Diego.

Major Service colleges attended are the U.S. Naval War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces earning a Masters of Arts and Masters of Science degree. He also attended the Joint Forces Staff College and is fully Joint Qualified. Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
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