|CAPT Michael Elliott
CAPT Michael Elliott, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He earned his commission in 1987 through the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. His first sea tour was aboard USS PEORIA (LST-1183) where he served as Gunnery Officer, Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer, Navigator and Operations Officer. During his four-year tour he made two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and participated in Operations POLAR CASCADE, ERNEST WILL, KERNAL USHER, SEA SOLDIER IV, DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Upon completion of his first sea tour, he served as Training Officer at the San Diego Readiness Reserve Center, the largest center in the Naval Reserve. During his tour the Readiness Center earned the title of best Readiness Reserve Center in the entire Naval Reserve for 1991.
His second sea assignment was in Mayport, Florida on the USS GETTYSBURG (CG-64) as the Fire Control Officer. During his tour on GETTYSBURG he deployed in support of BALTOPS 94 and completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
After Department Head School he served as Weapons Control Officer and Combat Systems Officer aboard the USS SHILOH (CG-67). During his tour on SHILOH, he completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, DESERT STRIKE and VIGILENT SENTINEL. Upon completion of his tour CAPT Elliott was assigned to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group THREE in San Diego as ships scheduler (N32) and the 1999 San Francisco Fleet Week Coordinator.
CAPT Elliott attended the Naval War College in Newport R.I. from 1999-2000 where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Following graduation he was temporarily assigned for six months as Officer-In-Charge N76 of Surface Warfare Development Group (SWDG) Detachment while assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific Fleet Headquarters located in Coronado, CA.
CAPT Elliott served as Executive Officer in Norfolk, Virginia aboard the Destroyer USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG-81). The WINSTON S. CHURCHILL was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO earning the Battle Efficiency Award the first year eligible in 2002.
After his Executive Officer tour he served for three years as Chief Staff Officer at Commander, Destroyer Squadron ONE in San Diego, CA. During his tour CAPT Elliott completed three deployments to Southeast Asia in support of COMSEVENTHFLT SEACAT/CARAT 2003, 2004 and 2005.
CAPT Elliott completed his command tour on the USS DOYLE (FFG-39) on January 4, 2008. During his tour he completed a deployment to Western Africa and Gulf of Guinea and earned the Battle Efficiency Award for 2007. Following his command tour, CAPT Elliott served as Force Operations Officer and Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific from 2008 until reporting to Commander, Destroyer Squadron ONE as Deputy Commodore in August, 2011 and Commodore October, 2012.
CAPT Elliott’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) along with other unit and campaign ribbons. He is the recipient of the 1998 Rear Admiral Maurice Bresnahan Leadership Award.