|CDR Michael G. Mortensen
Commander Mortensen, a native of Murdock, Nebraska, graduated from Elmwood-Murdock High School in 1996. He attended the United States Naval Academy earning a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering and his commission as an Ensign in May, 2000.
Upon completion of Division Officer Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) in January 2001. Aboard PATRIOT he served as Communications Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and Operations Officer completing two deployments and numerous international exercises.
Following PATRIOT, CDR Mortensen attended Nuclear Power School and NPTU Balston Spa. From October 2003 to January 2006, he served as RP05 Division Officer aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). During this tour he completed a deployment to Seventh Fleet and a 12 month Dry-docking Planned Increment Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
CDR Mortensen’s next station was at the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering and completing Phase I Joint Professional Military Education. Following Naval Postgraduate School, CDR Mortensen attended AEGIS Weapons System School in Dahlgren, Virginia and Department Head Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island.
After graduating from Department Head Surface Warfare Officers School he served on USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) from June 2008 to January 2010 as Operations Officer. During this tour he completed two deployments to Fifth Fleet and was temporarily assigned to Destroyer Squadron Seven to assist in Fifth Fleet exercise planning and operational plan development.
Completing his tour aboard USS GRIDLEY, he reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) from January, 2010 until January, 2012. While aboard ENTERPRISE he served as CHEM/RADCON Assistant completing a 27 month Dry-docking Planned Increment Availability and a Fifth Fleet deployment.
Returning to shore duty CDR Mortensen took charge as CNAP detachment Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Officer in Charge, serving as the Type Commander represent for three aircraft carrier dry dock availabilities.
After serving ashore, CDR Mortensen was assigned to USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) from June, 2014 until December, 2015 as Executive Officer. While aboard BUNKER HILL, he completed a Fifth Fleet deployment and screened for Commander Command Afloat.
CDR Mortensen’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), the Battle E (4) and other various unit and campaign awards.
CDR Mortensen assumed his current duties as Executive Officer, in June, 2016.