Commanding Officer (June 19, 2014 - Present) 
CDR Stephen “Casey” Plew 
Commanding Officer

Commander Casey Plew was raised in Weaverville, CA. He is a 1997 graduate of Oregon State University, where he earned Bachelors of Science degree in History and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy through the Navy ROTC program. In October 2009 he completed his Master’s of Arts Degree in Nation Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College while also a Gravely (formerly Halsey IIIC) “Warrior-Scholar” studying Ballistic Missile Defense plans and operations.

CDR Plew’s first sea tour was in USS WADSWORTH (FFG 9), San Diego, CA, where he first served as the Auxiliaries Officer prior to fleeting-up to assume duties as the Main Propulsion Assistant. He next reported to USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan, as Navigator and Assistant Operations Officer.

CDR Plew reported to Naval Special Warfare Unit Ten, Rota, Spain for his first shore tour. He was assigned as the Surface Operations Officer responsible for the safe deployment of the Mark 5 Special Operations Craft and the Special Operations 11-meters Rigid Inflatable Boats.

CDR Plew reported back to sea for his third sea tour as the Weapons Officer in USS DECATUR (DDG 73). He then fleeted-up and assumed the duties as the Combat Systems Officer. His tour culminated in the completion of Flight Test Missile Twelve (FTM-12) in which USS DECATUR became the first Destroyer to successfully search, track, and engage a ballistic target with the Standard Missile Three (SM-3).

His shore tours include assignment as Flag Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N86), as the Advanced Radar Requirements Section Head; and, most recently as the Ballistic Missile Defense Operations and Readiness Officer at Space and Naval Warfare System Center, Pacific.

CDR Plew’s awards include the Meritorious Service Metal, Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Achievement Medals (3), and various campaign medals and unit awards.

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