CAPT Christopher J. Sweeney
A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Captain Sweeney has served in a diverse range of sea and shore assignments.
A surface warfare officer, he commanded the Destroyer USS DECATUR (DDG 73) from 2009-2010, deploying twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His service at sea since 1992 includes assignments aboard USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), USS PAUL HAMILITON (DDG 60), USS CYCLONE (PC 1) and USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) deployed to the Middle East, Western Pacific, Mediterranean and South America.
Ashore, his most recent assignment was the Branch Head for Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Director of Surface Warfare (N96), Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC supporting at-sea and ashore Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense baseline development and integration. He has served as a strategic and political-military planner on the staffs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Naval Operations as well as part of the strategic development team that drafted “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower,”a tri-service maritime strategy signed in the fall of 2007. He has also served as the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (DDG 51) Resource Sponsor to the Deputy for Surface Ships, Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC.
Captain Sweeney is also graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, with a Masters in International Policy and Practice.
His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and various personal, unit and campaign awards.