|CDR Chris Downey
CDR Chris Downey is a native of Fort Campbell, KY and grew up the son of a career Army Officer. After graduating from Alhambra High School in Martinez, CA in 1987, he went on to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. CDR Downey graduated from USNA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics in 1991 where he was commissioned as an Ensign.
Following Surface Warfare Officer School in Coronado, CA, his initial assignment was to the USS REEVES (CG 24) stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI from August 1992 to November 1993 as the Communications Officer and Electrical Officer. After decommissioning his first ship, his second tour was aboard USS ACADIA (AD 42) as the 1st/2nd Division Officer in San Diego, CA from January to December 1994. Following the decommissioning of USS ACADIA, he reported to USS RENTZ (FFG 46) as the Navigator and Admin Officer from February 1996 to October 1997. During his tour onboard USS RENTZ, he earned a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands.
Upon completion of his third Division Officer tour, CDR Downey reported to Department Head School in Newport, RI. Upon completion, he reported to the USS SIDES (FFG 14), home ported in San Diego, CA as the Operations Officer from June 1998 until January 2000. Following his first Department Head tour, he attended pipeline training in Virginia to report as the Combat Systems Officer to the Pre-Commissioning Unit for the USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) in Bath, ME. Following the completion of building, CHURCHILL was commissioned and carried out Shock Trials off the coast of Jacksonville, FL before returning to her homeport of Norfolk, VA, completing his tour in August 2001. CDR Downey’s next assignment took him back to San Diego as the Navigator in USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) as well as Staff Navigator for COMPHIBRON FIVE from September 2001 to May 2003.
From there, he went to the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) located at Maxwell, AFB in Montgomery, AL where he earned his second Masters Degree in Military Operational Arts and Science from August 2003 to June 2004. Upon graduating, CDR Downey reported as the Executive Officer of USS HUE CITY, home ported in Mayport, FL from October 2004 to March 2006.
Next, CDR Downey assumed the duties as Chief Staff Officer of Destroyer Squadron FOURTEEN, the Navy’s largest Destroyer Squadron, located in Mayport, FL from March 2006 to June 2007. In July 2007, CDR Downey reported to Afloat Training Group (ATG), Mayport as the Director of Training. Concurrently, he completed a seven-month Individual Augmentation, working in the Joint Operations Center at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL on the Maritime Production and Horn of Africa Desks. Following three consecutive tours in Jacksonville, FL, CDR Downey assumed the duties as Executive Officer of Afloat Training Group, Western Pacific in Yokosuka, Japan in December 2010.
CDR Downey’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal as well as other unit awards. He is also SCUBA qualified as a graduate of the Navy Diving & Salvage Training Center in Panama City Beach, FL as well as being Airborne qualified as a graduate of the Army’s Airborne Training School in Fort Benning, GA and is qualified to wear the Navy’s gold parachutist badge.