|Lieutenant Commander Brian D. Connolly
Executive Officer (April 2010 - April 2012)
Brian Connolly was born and raised outside of Indianapolis, IN. In 1989, he moved to Missoula, MT, to attend the University of Montana, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology. A prior enlisted Electrician’s Mate, he ascended through Officer Candidate School, receiving a commission in September of 1997.
He completed his first Division Officer tour as Electrical Officer and Damage Control Assistant onboard USS David R. Ray (DD 971). Operating out of Everett, WA, he completed a Persian Gulf deployment by way of a Western Pacific cruise.
LTJG Connolly completed his second DIVO tour as Navigator/Admin Officer on board USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). The Norfolk, VA based destroyer conducted numerous operations including a Med cruise, a Persian Gulf deployment, Operation Determined Response, and an 11,000 nm circumnavigation of Africa.
His shore tour was completed in Monterey, CA, where the Naval Postgraduate School conferred upon him a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering.
In June 2005 LT Connolly reported as Weapons Officer to USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During his tour, Chancellorsville conducted numerous international exercises, Strike Group operations, and conducted a hull swap with USS Shiloh (CG 67). For his second Department Head tour LT Connolly was “fleeted-up” to Combat Systems Officer on the nation’s first forward deployed BMD cruiser.
LCDR Connolly recently detached from the US Navy element to the National Reconnaissance Office where he ran the Exercise & Experiment Division as part of the Operations Solutions Group.
His home of record is in the mountains outside Kalispell, MT, deep in the heart of ski country.
Military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals and several campaign devices.