|Captain Jeff Oakey
Captain Jeff Oakey was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He received his commission via NROTC at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government in 1992. In 2009 he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia.
Captain Oakey served afloat on USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29), as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Auxiliaries/Electrical Officer, and Navigator; on USS BOXER (LHD 4), as Second Division Officer; on USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43), in Sasebo, Japan as Operations Officer; on USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), as First Lieutenant; on USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19) as the commissioning Executive Officer; and briefly on the Seventh Fleet staff. He served as Commanding Officer of USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD 18) from October 2009 to June 2011, while the ship deployed to South America and worked with armed forces of 12 nations. He joined Amphibious Squadron 11 as the Deputy Commodore in December 2016.
Captain Oakey’s tours ashore include Plans/Operations Officer in 598th U.S. Army Transportation Group in the Netherlands; Analyst and Action Officer on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (N70/N7F); and Chief of J-8’s Modeling and Analysis Support Division on the Joint Staff. He implemented the Surface Force Readiness Manual’s new training concepts to support 18 Forward Deployed Naval Forces ships while commanding Afloat Training Group, Western Pacific from December 2011 to January 2014.
Captain Oakey has received various personal and unit awards, including six Battle "E" awards for warfighting excellence. He is most proud of USS NEW ORLEANS winning the 2011 Battle “E”.