(December 12, 2013 - Present)
CAPT Joseph Carrigan
Commanding Officer


Captain Joseph Carrigan, a native of Wanaque, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program.

At sea, Captain Carrigan served as First Lieutenant and Combat Information Center Officer in USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34), Operations Officer in USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), Operations Officer in USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Executive Officer in USS Nitze (DDG 94), and Commanding Officer of USS Russell (DDG 59). He has deployed to the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Gulf, and throughout the Pacific including the Yellow, East China, South China, and Philippine seas.

Ashore, he served as the Freshman Advisor and Recruiting Officer at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an action officer in the Strategy and Policy Division (N51) of the Information, Plans, and Strategy Directorate (N3/N5) of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; a naval plans officer in the Plans Division, Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), U.S. Central Command; a student at the U.S. Naval War College; an associate fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group; a Navy Legislative Fellow in the Office of United States Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama); and, while assigned to the Joint Staff, a speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Chairman’s Action Group (CAG), the Executive Assistant to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), and a special assistant to the Director of the J5.

Captain Carrigan earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College where he graduated with highest distinction. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service awards. In addition, he was awarded the Surface Navy Association Essay Award for 2010 and, for having graduated first among all U.S. Navy officers at the Naval War College, the Drs. Daniel and Susan Thys Prize for Academic Excellence. Captain Carrigan is married to Melissa Hayes Thaxton of North Stonington, Connecticut. They have two daughters, Molly and Théa.
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