|Captain Nils “Eric” Wirstrom
Captain Eric Wirstrom, USN, graduated from Texas A&M University and was commissioned as an Ensign on May 10, 1991. Following initial training at Surface Warfare Officer School, Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) where he served as a Division Officer. CAPT Wirstrom subsequently transferred into the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer community in 1995.
Wirstrom’s operational assignments include: EOD Mobile Unit TWO, EOD Mobile Unit TWO Detachment Norfolk, EOD Mobile Unit ELEVEN, and Joint Special Operations Command. CAPT Wirstrom commanded EOD Mobile Unit ONE in San Diego, CA. EOD Mobile Unit ONE is the only unit in the DoD capable of conducting low visibility mine countermeasure and obstacle clearance operations in the very shallow water zone and provides task organized Navy EOD units to support combat expeditionary support missions. While under his command EOD Mobile Unit ONE deployed to Iraq as the Counter IED Task Force providing direct support to 25th Infantry Division in Multi-National Division-North (MND-N).
His shore assignments include: Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, OPNAV N80 Programming Division, and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command where he currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Readiness and Training (N7).
Wirstrom attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, and earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was selected as the U.S. Navy student representative to the Naval Command College, the senior course for international students.
Captain Wirstrom is a qualified EOD Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, Basic Diving Officer, Salvage Officer, and Naval Parachutist. His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal (3 awards); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards); the Joint Commendation Medal; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards); and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). He is also authorized to wear the Navy Combat Action Ribbon.