Commander Elliott J. Donald
CDR Donald is a native of Acton, Massachusetts. He was commissioned in May of 1993 after earning a Bachelor of Arts with honors in History from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Following completion of the Division Officer Course at Surface Warfare Officer School in Coronado, California, CDR Donald commenced his first operational tour as Ordnance Officer in USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) where he served from 1993 to 1995. While serving in CROMMELIN he deployed to the Western Pacific in support of Korean contingency operations. Since completing his assignment in CROMMELIN he has served in seven sea duty assignments on a variety of platforms, a Mine Countermeasures Squadron, and the Seventh Fleet Staff and completed 4 deployments to the US Central Command Area of Responsibility.
During his shore tour at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, CDR Donald earned a Master’s of Arts in National Security Affairs with a focus on Far Eastern Studies. In the course of earning his degree, his study focused on maritime piracy in Southeast Asia and the need for US Navy involvement in combating this maritime threat.
Before reporting to COMCMDIV 31 as Deputy, CDR Donald was a Federal Executive Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs where he studied Maritime Insecurity’s impact on deficits to Human Security. He assumed command of COMCMDIV 31 in August 2012.
CDR Donald’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and service ribbons.