|Commander Chris Cegielski
Commanding Officer (March 2010 - March 2012)
CDR Chris Cegielski is a native of Cheektowaga, New York. He graduated from The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is also a 1997 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a Masters Degree in Applied Physics.
After initial Surface Warfare Officer training, CDR Cegielski served in USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) homeported in Charleston, SC, as the 1st Lieutenant and Auxiliaries Officer. Following two successful deployments in KLAKRING, CDR Cegielski reported to USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) homeported in Norfolk, VA as the Fire Control Officer. In MITSCHER, he completed a Mediterranean Sea Battlegroup deployment in which he had the lead on planning and executing the first ever live-fire, multi-national missile exercise conducted in the Mediterranean (USN-FGN 96).
Following Department Head School, CDR Cegielski reported to USS COWPENS (CG 63) as the Weapons Officer. In COWPENS, he completed a homeport change to Yokosuka, Japan and participated in numerous engagements in 7th and 5th Fleets. Following his "fleet-up" to Combat Systems Officer in COWPENS, CDR Cegielski assumed the duties as Operations Officer taking COWPENS through successful deployments in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom, and Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom as the Air Warfare Commander for both the KITTY HAWK Strike Group and the Arabian Gulf Battleforce.
In 2003, CDR Cegielski reported to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources and Requirements) Staff as the Theater Air and Missile Defense Analyst of the Sea Shield Branch within the Analysis, Programming, and Integration Division (N70.)
In 2005, CDR Cegielski reported to USS SHILOH (CG 67), homeported in San Diego, CA, as the Executive Officer. In SHILOH, he helped guide her through the Inter-Deployment Training Cycle and Strike Group Sustainment training as the Air Defense Commander for Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, culminating in the awarding of the Battle Efficiency Award for 2005. Following a DSRA in 2006, SHILOH completed Ballistic Missile Defense Testing during Flight Test Mission 10 (FTM-10), STELLAR PREDATOR, becoming the first ship to test the AEGIS BMD 3.6 computer program and fire the SM-3 BLK 1A missile, which preceded a complete hull swap with USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) in Yokosuka, Japan.
Staying at sea, CDR Cegielski reported to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty One in 2006 as the Chief Staff Officer, deploying with the JOHN C STENNIS Strike Group as the Sea Combat Commander. While assigned to CDS 21, he led the planning and execution of the Fleet visit for the 2008 Portland Rose Festival and Sea Combat Commander duties for RIMPAC 2008.
In 2008, CDR Cegielski reported to PEO C4I as the Assistant Program Manager for CENTRIXS-M within PMW-160.
CDR Cegielski's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). He proudly wears the Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency ribbon, US Coast Guard Unit Commendation w/ "O" for Operational Excellence, the US Coast Guard Special Operations ribbon, and various other campaign awards.