USS Sampson
"Through Courage and Arms"
LCDR Eric W. Rasch
Executive Officer (March 2010 - January 2012)

Lieutenant Commander Eric W. Rasch, a native of Buffalo, NY, enlisted in the Navy in 1989. Upon completion of recruit training in Orlando, FL he attended Intelligence Specialist Class “A” School in Virginia Beach, VA.

He reported for his first tour of duty in 1990 to the Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Facility Western Pacific, Detachment Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines where he served until 1992 as an Intelligence Analyst. Following his initial overseas assignment, he reported to USS RANGER (CV 61) for duty as a TARPS Imagery Interpreter, and upon RANGER’s decommissioning in 1993, was reassigned to USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). During this timeframe made one deployment in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH and OPERATION RESTORE HOPE, and made one deployment to the Western Pacific.

His next assignment was as an instructor at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center located at Dam Neck, Va. While instructing IS “A” School, Lieutenant Commander Rasch was selected for the Seaman to Admiral program and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in June of 1996.

Following initial Surface Warfare training in Newport, RI, he reported in USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) as Damage Control Assistant and in May 1999, he transferred to the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Thirty-One as the Training and Readiness Officer and Maritime Interception Operations Officer. During this tour he deployed to the Arabian Gulf with the ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Battle Group. Lieutenant Commander Rasch then attended the University of San Diego from May 2001 to December 2003. He returned to Newport, RI for Department Head training, and in October 2004 reported in USS HOPPER (DDG 70) as Weapons Officer and assumed the duties as Combat Systems Officer in January 2006.

Upon completion of his department head tours in July 2007, Lieutenant Commander Rasch reported to the College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, RI where he Joint Professional Military Education Phase I credit, a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies, and designation as a Naval Operational Planner. Lieutenant Commander Rasch then reported to the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command and in November of 2008 forward deployed to Iraq as an Electronic Warfare Officer in direct support of the U.S. Army’s 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in Tal Afar, Iraq.

He reported as Executive Officer in USS SAMPSON in March 2010.

Lieutenant Commander Rasch’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various campaign and unit awards.


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