|Commander Ted Carlson
Chief Staff Officer
Commander Ted Carlson is a native of Orange County, California and a graduate of San Diego State University.
CDR Carlson enlisted in the Navy in 1989 and served ten years as a Data Systems Technician. He attended San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History, and was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1999.
At sea, he served as commanding officer of USS GRAVELY (DDG 107) from July 2016 to January 2018. While in command, GRAVELY completed a sixteen million dollar selected-restricted availability and completed the first every testing of the SQQ-89A(V)15 ACB 13 USW Combat System.
CDR Carlson’s orther sea duty assignments include as the Damage Control Assistant and Fire Control Officer in USS THACH (FFG 43), and Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS BARRY (DDG 52), and as the Executive Officer in USS GRAVELY (DDG 107). Throughout his career he has completed multiple deployments and supported numerous operations including OPERATION RESTORE HOPE, SOUTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and the Non-Combatant Evacuation of Lebanon.
Ashore, he served as the Joint Operations Center Team Chief in the U.S. European Command Plans and Operations Center, the lead Civil Support planner of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; and as the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Requirements Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
CDR Carlson attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, receiving a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Naval War College Joint Professional Military Education program.
Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.