|CDR Joseph Carrigan|
Commanding Officer (April 2011 - October 2012)
Commander Joseph Carrigan, a native of Wanaque, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
At sea, Commander Carrigan served as First Lieutenant and Combat Information Center Officer in USS AUBREY FITCH(FFG 34), Operations Officer in USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48), Operations Officer in USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57), and Executive Officer in USS NITZE (DDG 94).
He assumed command of USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on April 11, 2011.
Ashore, he served as the Freshman Advisor and Recruiting Officer at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an action officer in the Strategy and Policy Division (N51) of the Information, Plans, and Strategy Directorate (N3/N5) of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon; a naval plans officer in the Plans Division, Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), at the U.S. Central Command headquarters; a student at the U.S. Naval War College; and as an associate fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.
Commander Carrigan earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College where he graduated with highest distinction and first among all U.S. Navy officers in his class.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service awards.