USS John S McCain
Fortune Favors The Brave
(July 28 2016 - Present)
CDR Jessie L. Sanchez
Executive Officer

CDR Jessie L. Sanchez is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He attended Rexville High School until his junior year. In 1988, he moved to the United States and completed his senior year at Oliver Springs High School in Tennessee. He joined the Navy on December 18, 1989.

Upon completion of Boot Camp, Fire Control “A” School, CIWS & HARPOON “C” School, he reported to USS BELKNAP (CG 26), the 6th Fleet Flagship in Gaeta, Italy. He qualified ESWS and Officer of the Deck in December 1993. In 1994, he decommissioned USS BELKNAP and reported to USS SPRUANCE (DD 963).

On August of 1996, he transferred to the Naval Ordnance Station Louisville, Kentucky. During his tour, he served as the LPO for the In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA), PHALANX Fleet Liaison Office.

On April of 1998, he reported to the Program Executive Office for PHALANX and RAM in Arlington, Virginia where he served as Fleet Introduction Officer. As the Project Officer for the PHALANX Surface Mode, he coordinated and supervised the installation, testing and initial deployment of the newly upgraded weapon system. In November of 2000, he volunteered for an IA tour in Saudi Arabia as Air Defense Systems Integrator and Tactical Receive Segment NCOIC for Joint Task Force, South West Asia.

CDR Sanchez earned his commission via the Limited Duty Officer Program (Surface Ordnance) in 2001. His first assignment was onboard the Forward Deployed AEGIS Cruiser USS COWPENS (CG 63) as Systems Test Officer. During this tour, USS COWPENS fired 39 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was assigned as Air Defense Commander for Four Carrier Strike Groups during the first month of the campaign. His second Division Officer tour was as Electronics Material Officer on USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) in Mayport, Florida. While assigned to USS HALYBURTON, the ship completed a multi-million dollar dry-dock availability and executed a successful counter-narcotics deployment during which 9.5 tons of cocaine were confiscated. His Department Head tours were on the Forward Deployed AEGIS Destroyer USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. While assigned to USS McCAMPBELL, the ship was the first responder in the assessment and relief efforts during Operation Tomodachi, and performed extensive duties as Air Defense Commander for the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Strike Group.

During his shore tours, CDR Sanchez served as Commanding Officer for Mobile Mine Assembly Unit 10 in Okinawa, Officer-in-Charge of Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division Det. Okinawa, Officer-in-Charge of Center for Surface Combat Systems Det. Mayport, and Commanding Officer for Navy Operational Support Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He holds an AAS in Electro-mechanical Technology, a BS in Liberal Arts, both from Excelsior College, and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He’s also designated as a Gravely Group Fellow.

CDR Sanchez is currently serving as Executive Officer onboard USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (8), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (6), Good Conduct Medal (4), and various unit and campaign awards.


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