|CAPT Jen Ellinger
Captain Jen Ellinger graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in General Science. Shortly after receiving her commission, CAPT Ellinger reported aboard USS SHASTA (AE 33) in Alameda, California and served as the Second Division Deck Officer, Combat Information Center Officer, and Machinery and Boilers (M & B) Officer from April 1994 to March 1997. During her second Division Officer tour, she served as the Navigator and Admin Officer aboard USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) in San Diego, California, from March 1997 to September 1998.
Upon completion of Surface Warfare Department Head training, she reported aboard USS DECATUR (DDG 73) and served as the Operations Officer from 2002-2003, deploying in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. During her follow-on Department Head tour at Destroyer Squadron SEVEN (CDS 7), she served as Operations Officer / N3 from December 2003 to July 2005, embarked aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). From December 2006 to June 2008, she served as Executive Officer in USS BARRY (DDG 52), home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. CAPT Ellinger reported to USS KIDD (DDG 100) as Executive Officer in October 2010 and fleeted-up to Commanding Officer, serving from June 2011- January 2013. While in command, she deployed with the JOHN C. STENNIS Strike Group to the SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility where KIDD executed several Theater Security Cooperation missions and served as the flagship for CTF 151 in support of Counter-Piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. KIDD’s deployment was highlighted by the rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen and capture of 15 Somali pirates. During her tenure, KIDD earned three consecutive Battle “Es” and Retention Excellence Awards.
CAPT Ellinger’s assignments ashore include a tour as the Ground Operations Officer and Command Safety Officer at Assault Craft Unit FIVE (ACU 5) on Camp Pendleton, California from September 1997 to May 2001. Additionally, she served as Flag Secretary to the Commander, U.S. SECOND Fleet from June 2008 to December 2009; and Chief Staff Officer for Commander, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Squadron ONE, from February 2013 to December 2015.
Prior to taking command of USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG57), she served as Deputy Commodore, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY ONE (CDS 21) from August 2016 to Sept 2017.
CAPT Ellinger’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, as well as various campaign and unit awards. A distinguished graduate of the Surface Warfare Officer School’s perspective Department Head and Executive Officer courses, she was the recipient of both the Arleigh Burke Leadership Award and Knachel Leadership Award, respectively. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Commander Naval Surfaces Forces Pacific 2004 Tactician of the Year Award, and the 2012 Freedom Alliance ‘Service to America’ Award. A graduate of the Naval War College’s Command and Staff course, she completed JPME Phase I and earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2006, and completed JPME Phase II at the Joint Forces Staff College in March 2016.