|CDR Jeffrey R. Bessler
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.