|Captain James J. Housinger
Commanding Officer (May 2009 - May 2011)
A native of Portage, Indiana, Captain Housinger was commissioned in 1987 upon graduating from the University of Southern California.
His first sea assignment was as Anti-submarine Warfare Officer in USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980). He later served as Fire Control and Missiles Officer in USS HEWITT (DD 966), where he deployed twice to the Middle East as part of Operation DESERT STORM. He served as Weapons Officer, then Combat Systems Officer in USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), also deploying twice to the Middle East. He served as Executive Officer in USS DOYLE (FFG 39) where he deployed to South America conducting counter narco-terrorism operations. He then served as Chief Staff Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty-eight, deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. He most recently commanded USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) where he deployed to the Western Pacific.
His shore assignments include Officer in Charge, Mk41 Vertical Launching System Training Facility, Port Hueneme, California, then Executive Officer, Naval Ship Weapon Systems Engineering Station, Port Hueneme. He later served as International Political-Military Affairs Officer on the staff of Commander, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He later served as Deputy Director, Flag Officer Management and Distribution, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. His most recent shore assignment was as the Open Architecture Lead for the Director of Surface Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Captain Housinger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety and Systems Management from USC, and a Master of Science Degree in Management from St. Mary College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and is designated as a Joint Specialty Officer.
He has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), plus various other personal and unit decorations.