|Commander Jessica O’Brien
Chief Staff Officer
Originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, CDR O’Brien graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 with a degree in Oceanography. Following graduation, she reported to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. where she served as the Satellite Communications and Technical Control Division Officer.
In 2000, she reported to the USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36) in San Diego, CA where she served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer, and Training Officer. Subsequent sea tours included Operations Officer in USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41) and N3/Operations Officer in Amphibious Squadron THREE (CPR 3).
CDR O’Brien has served ashore as Flag Aide to Commander, Navy Region Southwest; Flag Secretary and Speech Writer to Commander, Naval Surface Forces; and as the Maritime Prepositioning Force Officer at Naval Beach Group ONE, Coronado, CA.
She most recently served as Commanding Officer of Beachmaster Unit ONE in Coronado, CA after serving 18 months as Executive Officer.
CDR O’Brien earned her Master’s degree in Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
CDR O’Brien’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Navy Commendation Medal (fourth award), Navy Achievement Medal (second award), and various campaign and unit awards.