|CDR Brian J. Quin
Executive Officer(April - Nov 2011)
Commander Quin received his commission in 1991 through the NROTC program at Northwestern University, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree (with honors) in History. In 2007, he earned a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and graduated with distinction from the Naval War College. From 2009 to 2011 he commanded the guided missile destroyer USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101), homeported in San Diego, California.
Afloat, Commander Quin served in a variety of division officer billets in the USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994), as fire control officer in the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), as weapons and combat systems department head in the USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), and as executive officer in the USS SHILOH (CG 70) and the USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71). He has deployed to the western Pacific, the Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea. During his tours, LAKE ERIE participated in the 1996 Mountain Top advanced concept technology demonstration; PHILIPPINE SEA launched one of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM’s opening Tomahawk salvos into Afghanistan in 2001; and SHILOH participated in Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, the 2004-2005 tsunami relief effort in Indonesia.
Ashore, Commander Quin served as maritime homeland defense officer in the operations directorate (J-3) of the Joint Staff, as deputy executive assistant and Flag aide to the commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet, and as combat systems officer (N65) on the staff of the commander, Naval Surface Forces. He also participated in the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff intern program and served in the Joint Staff’s systems integration division (J-6V).
Commander Quin’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with three bronze stars), the Expert Rifle Medal, the Expert Pistol Medal, and various other personal and unit decorations.