|CAPT Gerald R. Olin
Captain Olin is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He enlisted in the Navy in 1983 as a Fire Controlman, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. His enlisted assignments include USS HAROLD E HOLT (FF 1074), the commissioning crew of USS CHOSIN (CG 65), and Aegis Training and Support Group, Pearl Harbor.
He earned his commission through the Limited Duty Officer Program in 1994 and later redesignated to Surface Warfare Officer.
At sea, his first tour was on the commissioning crew of USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), serving as Systems Test Officer. He then served on the staff of Cruiser Destroyer Group FIVE as Assistant Strike Officer. During this tour he deployed as Tomahawk Liaison Officer to Joint Task Force NOBLE ANVIL in Naples, Italy in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE and the Kosovo Air Campaign. As a Department Head, Captain Olin served as Weapons Officer in USS DECATUR (DDG 73). His next sea duty assignment was on the staff of Carrier Strike Group SEVEN embarked in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) where he was assigned as Training and Readiness Officer. Captain Olin served as commissioning Executive Officer of USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2), Gold Crew, and subsequently as Commanding Officer.
Ashore, Captain Olin has been assigned as Officer in Charge, Center for Surface Combat Systems, Detachment San Diego. He served on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, as Human Resources Program Manager. While at CNSP, Captain Olin volunteered for service on the staff of Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq from April 2007 to May 2008 and was assigned to the Strategic Operations Directorate as a liaison officer to the Prime Minister’s National Operations Center. His most recent shore assignment was as Director, Commander’s Action Group, Naval Surface Force, United States Pacific Fleet.
Captain Olin holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from National University, a Master's of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a Master's of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.