Deputy Commodore (May 2010 - May 2012)  
Captain William J. Parker III
Deputy Commodore (May 2010 - May 2012) 

Captain William Parker is a 1988 distinguished military graduate and class president of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a native of Maryland.

A Surface Warfare Officer, Parker has commanded the Destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), and two Patrol Coastals USS Whirlwind (PC 11) and USS Zephyr (PC 8). He has also served at sea aboard USS New Jersey (BB 62), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Reuben James (FFG 57), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and as Chief Staff Officer of DESRON 21 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Ashore, Captain Parker served as the Senior Military Adviser to the Secretary of State for Iraq Affairs; as the Senior Adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan; as a strategic planner in the Strategy Division (N513) of the OPNAV Staff; as strategist for the 2000 Quadrennial Defense Review; and as Campaign Plans Branch Chief on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Naval District Washington and Military Sealift Command.

Captain Parker operated on the ground in support of combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly two years in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, including a one-year tour as Chief of Campaign Plans in Baghdad, Iraq.

Parker holds a Doctorate Degree in Biological Defense from George Mason University’s Department of Molecular and Microbiology and a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Captain Parker is the 2009 James Stockdale Award winner for Inspirational Leadership. He was the Joint Staff (J-7) Action Officer of the Year. 

He holds various decorations and awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy Meritorious Service Medals, and the Department of State Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award. Captain Parker is an award winning author who has published articles on leadership at sea, epidemiology, infrastructure vulnerability, and weapons of mass casualties.  He has authored two books entitled, The Taxonomy of a Grand Strategy Against Weapons of Mass Casualties, and Jihadist Strategic Communication: As Practiced by Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Parker is Joint Service Officer qualified and is certified by Sandia National Labs to conduct threat assessments for public water systems, utilities and metropolitan areas. He is a SERE school graduate, qualified military parachutist, and civilian SCUBA diver.


Pacific Partnership 2011
Pacific Partnership 2011
Pacific Partnership 2011
Pacific Partnership Commander Engages Media
Pacific Mission Tests Disaster Response Capabilities
Farewell Concert Before Deplyment for Pacific Partnership 2011
Sailors stand in front of USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) during its last day in dry dock.
USS Cleveland LPD 7
Capt. Jesse A. Wilson, Commander of CDS-23, observes amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7).
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Preparing for Pacific Partnership 2011
Arriving in Tonga
USS CLEVELAND sailors aboard New Zealand ship
Pacific Partnership 2011 Veterinary Technician Provides Humanitarian Aid in Tonga
Pacific Partnership Departs Tonga
Pacific Partnership Team participates in NGO Conference in Timor-Leste
Two Ships, One Partnership Mission
Illinois Native Helps With PP11 Mission
Pacific Partnership Arrives in Hawaii, Completes Final Phase of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Mission
California Girl Helps With PP11 Mission
Master Chief Sonar Technician Michael A. Gonzales presents Capt. Jesse A Wilson Jr. commodore DESRON 23 with the command pennant
Capt. Jesse A. Wilson, mission commander of Pacific Partnership 2011, is escorted into the Nakamal Chief Lodge
Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in Papua New Guinea
Pacific Partnership Team Rebuilds School in Papua New Guinea
Pacific Partnership 2011
Pacific Partnership Photo
Pacific Partnership 2011 Departs Timor-Leste
OS1 Michael Pope , the Operations Specialist attached to Pacific Partnership 2011.
Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in Federated States of Micronesia
Pacific Partnership Teams Up with University of Hawaii to provide Humanitarian Assistance to the Pacific
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NHB pharmacist provides need during Pacific Partnership 2011

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