|CAPT Christopher J. Sweeney
Acting Commanding Officer
Captain Christopher J. Sweeney is a 1991 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Elliott School of Foreign Policy, George Washington University, with a Masters in International Policy and Practice.
Captain Sweeney served as the Branch Head for Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Director of Surface Warfare (N96), Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC supporting at-sea and ashore Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense baseline development and integration.
A surface warfare officer, he commanded the Destroyer USS DECATUR (DDG 73) from 2009-2010, deploying twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. His service at sea since 1992 includes tours aboard aegis and ballistic missile defense cruisers and destroyers deployed to the Middle East, Western Pacific, Mediterranean and South America.
Ashore, he has served as a strategic and political-military planner on the staffs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Naval Operations as well as part of the strategic development team that drafted “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower,”a tri-service maritime strategy signed in the fall of 2007. He has also served as the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (DDG 51) Resource Sponsor to the Deputy for Surface Ships, Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal and various unit and service awards.