|Captain David J. Sheridan
Commanding Officer (April 2010 - April 2012)
Captain Sheridan is a native of San Antonio, Texas and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He received his commission upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.
Captain Sheridan served his first tour of duty as Ordnance Officer in USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), which included a Mediterranean / Indian Ocean deployment with the AMERICA Battle Group. During his second sea tour, he was a Machinery Division Officer and Senior Shift Watch Officer in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) during its ’89-’90 World Cruise and beginning of refueling overhaul.
Following his qualification as a Nuclear Engineer, Captain Sheridan served ashore as a Shift Engineer at the A1W Nuclear Prototype in Idaho Falls, Idaho, during the plant’s End-of-Life Testing and final shutdown.
After Department Head School, Captain Sheridan was Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS CHOSIN (CG 65) during a Arabian Gulf / Western Pacific Ocean deployment with the CONSTELLATION Battle Group. Subsequently, he served as Reactor Electrical Assistant in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf / Western Pacific Ocean.
From 2000 to 2001, Captain Sheridan served as Executive Officer in USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60) and deployed with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Battle Group to the Arabian Gulf in 2000.
Captain Sheridan graduated from National War College in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies. He served on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), South Asia Branch and as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Captain Sheridan took command of USS MILIUS (DDG 69) in May 2005. During his tour, MILIUS successfully completed a deployment with the BONHOMME RICHARD ESG as Air Defense Commander, a docking maintenance availability, two Ballistic Missile Defense events, two Tomahawk Operational Test Launches, torpedo detection testing at Nanoose Bay, a SHAREM, and an INSURV. During RIMPAC 2006, he served as an OPFOR SAG Commander and coordinated the efforts of four ships, three submarines, and associated inorganic air assets.
Most recently, Captain Sheridan served as Reactor Officer in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) where he contributed to the success of two deployments to 5th and 7th Fleets, two Operational Reactor Safeguards Exams, and a challenging shipyard maintenance availability.
Captain Sheridan’s awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.