|CAPT Joe de Leon
CAPT Joe de Leon, Commanding Officer of Engineering Assessments Pacific .
Captain Joe de Leon’s most recent assignment was as Deputy Director, Strategic Mobility/Combat Logistics Division (N42) on the Navy Staff in Washington, DC, where he served from June 2012 to June 2014.
Captain de Leon 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 an Ensign in May of 1987.
His first assignment was on USS STEIN (FF 1065) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Electrical Officer followed by assignment to Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIVE as Training Officer, Assistant Material and Assistant Operations Officer through May 1992.
Returning ashore he served at Fleet Training Group and Afloat Training Group Pacific as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Officer. As a Department Head he returned to sea in USS WADSWORTH (FFG 9) as Chief Engineer, September 1994 to June 1996, and as a propulsion examiner on CINCPACFLT Propulsion Examining Board (PEB), June 1996 to July 1998. He was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Material (ACOS N 4) for Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE from July 1998 to February 2000. Captain de Leon attended the Naval War College, Naval Command and Staff College, followed by assignment as Executive Officer in USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) from July 2001 to December 2002, forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. In the Pentagon he served on the Joint Staff in the Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate (J-7) as the PACOM war planner and as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director, J7 from February 2003 to March 2005. He returned to Yokosuka, Japan as the 15th Commanding Officer, USS GARY (FFG 51) from September 2005 through March 2007.