|CDR Theodore J. Nunamaker
Commander Ted Nunamaker, a resident of Meridian, Idaho, is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was awarded a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in French.
Upon graduation and commissioning, CDR Nunamaker reported to Newport, Rhode Island to attend Surface Warfare Officers School in preparation for his initial sea duty in USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994). Serving as Damage Control Assistant, he was a member of CALLAGHAN’s decommissioning crew. Subsequently assigned to USS PRINCETON (CG 59), he served as Ordnance Officer, Air Warfare Officer, and Navigator, and completed his first deployment to the Middle East.
While onboard PRINCETON, CDR Nunamaker was selected to be an Olmsted Scholar in Tartu, Estonia. He arrived in Estonia in July 2001 and began his studies at Tartu University the same year. He graduated optime approbatur in 2003 with a M.A. in Political Science.
After leaving Estonia in 2003, CDR Nunamaker returned to Newport, Rhode Island, for training en route to his posting as Operations Officer in USS HIGGINS (DDG 76). CDR Nunamaker detached from HIGGINS after completing a Middle East deployment and reported as Commanding Officer of SEA FIGHTER (FSF 1), an experimental high-speed catamaran. Following that assignment, he took command of Coastal Patrol Crew INDIA. During his tenure, he commanded USS THUNDERBOLT (PC 12) in Norfolk, Virginia and USS FIREBOLT (PC 10) in Manama, Bahrain.
Returning to shore duty, he served as Flag Aide to the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and then as Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Southern Command.
CDR Nunamaker is currently serving as Commanding Officer in USS STERETT (DDG 104), homeported in San Diego, California. He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals. He also wears various service and campaign awards.