Commodore (August 4, 2014 - Present)
CAPT Paul H. Hogue Jr.

Captain Hogue is a native of Cincinnati, OH. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in May 1991. After his commissioning, he attended the Surface Warfare Office Basic School in San Diego, CA.

Captain Hogue’s first sea duty tour was as Main Engines Officer, and CDS Officer aboard USS GRIDLEY (CG 21) from January 1992 to January 1994, when GRIDLEY decommissioned. His subsequent division officer tour was onboard USS DULUTH (LPD 6), where he served as the Third Division Officer from February 1994 to August 1995. During his first shore duty assignment, he served as the Amphibious Ship Maintenance Officer at Southwest Region Maintenance Center San Diego from September 1995 to September 1997. Captain Hogue’s first Department Head tour was onboard USS RENTZ (FFG 46) where he served as the Engineering Officer from May 1998 to March 2000. His following Department Head tour was on USS PRINCETON (CG 59) as Engineering Officer from May 2000 to December 2001. While serving on the PRINCETON, he participated in the opening phases of Operation Enduring Freedom where PRINCETON served as Air Defense Commander for the CARL VINSON Battle Group.

From January 2002 until January 2003, Captain Hogue served on the staff of Commander Afloat Training Group Pacific as the Assistant Director for Combat Systems Training. Captain Hogue went on to command USS DEFENDER (MCM 2) from June 2003 to June 2005. During his tour, DEFENDER deployed from Ingleside, TX to the THIRD Fleet AOR which included supporting RIMPAC 2004. After his command tour, he served as the Flag Secretary for Commander, SEVENTH Fleet from July 2005 to July 2007.

In August 2007, Captain Hogue attended the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon completion, Captain Hogue was assigned as Commanding Officer of USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) from December 2008 to October 2010. While in command, CURTIS WILBUR participated in tracking the North Korean TD-2 launch in April 2009 and provided force protection for South Korean recovery assets after the sinking of the South Korean warship. Also, CURTIS WILBUR was awarded the Spokane Trophy for 2009 by COMPACFLT for being the surface combatant most proficient in overall combat systems readiness and warfare operations. He reported to Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC) on 29 November 2010.

Captain Hogue has been awarded the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E” (two awards), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Award, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (five awards), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

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