Commanding Officer (June 11, 2015 - Present)
CDR Walter C. Mainor
Commanding Officer

Commander Mainor, a native of Alabama, enlisted in the Navy in June of 1987. He served as a Sonar Technician Submarines in USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (SSBN 657B) from August 1988 to May 1992. He was selected and attended the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program and graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997.

Afloat, Mainor has served as Electrical Officer in USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) from August 1998 to June 2000, as Fire Control and Strike Officer in USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) from December 2000 to June 2002, as Weapons Officer in USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) from May 2006 to April 2008, as Executive Officer in MCM CREW CONSTANT from September 2008 to September 2009 and as Executive Officer in USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE from November 2013 to May 2015. Ashore, Mainor served as a Junior Officer Detailer, Navy Personnel Command, PERS 41 from June 2002 to December 2003. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and received a Master of Business Administration degree in 2005. His last shore assignment was Executive Assistant to the Navy Chief of Legislative Affairs.

Commander Mainor was Commanding Officer in USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) homeported in Sasebo, Japan from October 2009 to April 2011. His outstanding crew earned two Battle Efficiency awards, two Golden Anchor awards for superior retention and the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship award for the highest level of operational excellence and superior combat readiness in the Fleet. During his tour, PATRIOT successfully executed the longest deployment to date for an MCM, travelling over 14 thousand nautical miles in four months making port calls to nine countries. She was the first US Warship to make port calls to Bangladesh and Port Blair, India.

Commander Mainor’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service and campaign awards.
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