Commanding Officer (July 12, 2013 - Present) 
CDR Jeffrey R. Bessler
Commanding Officer

A native of South Haven, Michigan, Commander Bessler enlisted as an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician in 1989 and is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
His tours include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Five (VQ 5) where he was as an Airborne Electronic Warfare Operator. Upon receiving his commission Commander Bessler reported to USS NASSAU (LHA 4) and served as a Division Officer in the Deck and Engineering Departments. His next tour took him to Yokosuka, Japan where he was the Navigator of the USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56).
In January 2004, he returned to sea duty as a Department Head and served two tours as Combat Systems Officer. First deploying aboard and decommissioning the USS YORKTOWN (CG 48) and then as part of the commissioning crew of the USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99).
Ashore, Commander Bessler took part in the Personnel Exchange Program with the German Navy where he was a Company Officer and Seamanship Instructor at the German Naval Academy. He served at the U. S. Pacific Command in the Standing Joint Forces Headquarters as a Joint Maritime Planner and was the Operations Department Head at Training Support Center Great Lakes training over 30,000 apprentice-level Sailors each year.
Commander Bessler is a graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is married and has five children.
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and a Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various other campaign and unit awards.
US Navy Recruiting | No Fear Act | FOIA | USA.gov | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee | Veterans Crisis Line This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.

Share