|CDR John C. Howard
Commanding Officer (August 2010 - August 2012)
Commander Colby Howard is a native of Norton, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia and was commissioned an Ensign in July 1992.
At-Sea assignments include Combat Information Center Officer and Navigator in USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71), commissioning Engineer Officer in USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), Commanding Officer in USS MONSOON (PC 4), and Commanding Officer in USS SALVOR (ARS 52).
Shore-duty assignments include Navigation and Seamanship Instructor and Officer Programs Recruiting Officer with the Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, J35 Future Operations Planner in the United States Pacific Command, and Scenario Manager for ISAF and NATO Joint Staff training at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway.
Commander Howard earned a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the Norwegian National War College. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and holds a National Security subspecialty for Europe, Russia and Associated States.