Captain D. Fuller
Commander (July 2009 - July 2011)

CAPT Fuller graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs. Also in 1985 he earned his commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Following his commissioning, he served as Repair Division Officer and Assistant First Lieutenant in USS AMERICA (CV 66) until 1989. After his initial Division Officer sea tour he was assigned as the ship's Navigator for Pre-Commissioning Unit COMSTOCK (LSD 45) from 1990-1991. CAPT Fuller then reported to Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA , and in 1992 he graduated with a Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs.

In 1993, he attended Surface Warfare Department Head School and subsequently reported to USS SPARTANBURG COUNTY (LST 1192) as Operations Officer; where he participated in Operations Continue Hope in Somalia, Operation Support Democracy in Haiti, and decommissioned the ship in late 1994. In 1995, CAPT Fuller reported to COMDESRON THIRTEEN as Operations Officer and disestablished that unit and subsequently reported as COMPHIBRON SIX Operations Officer. Upon completion of his Department Head tour in late 1997, he then reported to Surface Warfare Executive Officer School. CAPT Fuller reported to USS SHREVEPORT (LPD 12) as the Executive Officer from 1998-1999, earning two consecutive Battle Efficiency awards. Following his Executive Officer tour CAPT Fuller reported to Navy Personnel Command, Surface Warfare Officer Distribution Division, PERS-41, in June of 1999, as the Amphibious Placement Officer. In August of 2000, CAPT Fuller was selected as a Mahan Scholar Fellow to the Naval War College where he received his second Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

In 2001, CAPT Fuller was assigned to Surface Warfare Officer School as the Department Head Combat Systems Training Director until 2002. CAPT Fuller assumed command of USS Pearl Harbor in December 2002. While in command of Pearl Harbor, he deployed with Amphibious Task Force West to the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pearl Harbor earned two battle “E” awards and the Secretary of the Navy’s Safety Excellence Award under his command. In 2004 he was assigned to COMTHIRDFLT, as Deputy J7, Training and Readiness. In 2006 CAPT Fuller was assigned to the Office of Force Transformation as the Transformation Chairs and Joint Operational Concepts Program Manager. CAPT Fuller reported to COMPHIRON THREE in 2009 as Deputy Commander. CAPT Fuller's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal with Gold star in lieu of seven awards, the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various service and campaign awards.



USS Peleliu (LHA 5) approaches fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock
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Commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, addresses Marines and Sailors during a captain's call aboard USS Dubuque (LPD 8).
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A CH-46 Seaknight helicopter practices vertical replenishments as it approaches the flight deck of the USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
The three ships of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and USS Dubuque (LPD 8)
Marines assigned to combat cargo, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), remove a net from cargo that was delivered

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