USS Cowpens
"The Mighty Moo"
Executive Officer (September 19, 2014 - Present) 
CDR Justin Harts  
Executive Officer

Originally from San Diego, California, Commander Harts entered active duty upon graduation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1998.
His previous sea assignments include tours as Communications Officer and Assistant Chief Engineer on board USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62), Operations Officer on board USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60), Operations Officer/N3 with Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN embarked in USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), and as Flag Secretary/N1 with Commander, Carrier Strike Group SEVEN embarked in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).
Previous shore assignments include tours as Flag Lieutenant to the Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and as an Associate Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIV) in Newport, Rhode Island. Most recently, Commander Harts served as one of the Department of the Navy's liaisons to Congress, serving as the Readiness Portfolio Manager with the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs.
Commander Harts holds a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering and Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marine Transportation and Logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He also maintains an unlimited U.S. Coast Guard licenses as a Third Mate in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other campaign, expeditionary, and unit awards. 
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