|CDR Michael J. O'Donnell
CDR O’Donnell, a native of West Nyack, NY, commissioned in 2000 from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting. He has a Masters of Business Administration in Information Technology with an emphasis in International Business from the University of San Diego.
He is also a graduate of the German Staff College in Hamburg, Germany.His past operational assignments include Commander SIXTH Fleet’s lead Ballistic Missile Defense planner for Operation SHARP SENTRY, where he developed a complex defense design incorporating Army, Navy, and Air Force assets in the Joint Defense of Europe and Allied countries.
He has also served as the Weapons and Combat Systems Officer in USS HOPPER (DDG 70), where he completed three Ballistic Missile deployments in the U.S. FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets; Auxiliaries and Engineering Training Officer in USS HUE CITY (CG 66) deploying to U.S. FIFTH Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004; Gunnery Officer in USS O’KANE (DDG 77) deploying as part of the CARL VINSON Battle Group to U.S. FIFTH Fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2001.
Ashore, CDR O’Donnell served as Surface Warfare Certification Officer at Afloat Training Group Pacific, while attending the University of San Diego through the U.S. Navy’s Government Education Voucher Program. After graduating from the Defense Language Institute, he completed the German Staff Officer course at the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and numerous campaign and unit awards.