Executive Officer (May 2012 - September 2012) 
CDR Richard E. LeBron
Executive Officer (May 2012 - September 2012)

CDR Rich LeBron hails from Bayamon, Puerto Rico where in 1989 he enlisted in the Navy. While enlisted, he served as a Quartermaster on the “Gold” crew of USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN 645). While assigned to POLK, CDR LeBron was selected to participate in the BOOST program. He was subsequently selected as an NROTC scholarship recipient and attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marine Science.

His first assignment afloat as a commissioned officer was as the Main Propulsion Officer, Auxiliaries Officer, and Electrical Officer aboard USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68). While attached to THE SULLIVANS, he deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf Regions.

CDR LeBron was selected early for assignment as department head. Following his departure from THE SULLIVANS he attended the Department Head Course as well as various specialty schools on the way to his next sea assignment, USS MILIUS (DDG 69).

While serving as Chief Engineer on MILIUS, CDR LeBron deployed as part of OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE. He later deployed to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf regions.

Following his Chief Engineer tour, CDR LeBron reported to Afloat Training Group, Pacific where he served as Propulsion Plant Assessor and Assessment Team Scheduler.

CDR LeBron’s tours ashore include post-graduate studies at the University of Florida where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree; duty in the Pentagon where he served as Special Assistant, Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Actions Group, as Speechwriter to the Chief of Naval Operations, and as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; duty in Miami, FL, where he served as Special Assistant to Commander, U.S. Southern Command; and a tour in Mons, Belgium where he served as Special Assistant, Senior Staff Writer and Editor to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe / Commander, U.S. European Command.

CDR LeBron’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and service awards.


Class 11002 graduation ceremony
Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate Fager frocks Gunner’s Mate First Class Scheuller as Gunner’s Mate Second Class Holmes awaits his turn
Sailors from BENFOLD's Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure Team (VBSS) conduct a boarding on the training ship ATLS.
USS Benfold (ddg65)
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for RIMPAC
The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires a surface-to-air missile off the coast of
As conning officer, Midshipman 3/C Joaquin Leal from the United States Naval Academy (USNA), prepares to give an order to maneuv
Change Of Command Ceremony (May 6, 2011)
USS BENFOLD (DDG65) E-4 Sailors Take Enlisted Advancement Exam
An SH-60 Seahawk of HSC-23 stationed aboard USS Benfold assisted four stranded mariners near San Clemente Island
USS Benfold DDG 65
USS Benfold (ddg65)
USS Benfold (ddg65)
USS Benfold sailors successfully complete Koa Kai 2012.
USS Benfold hosted a large tour group from the Chinese American Military Support (CAMS) on Sunday at Naval Station San Diego.
Sailors Attend US Battleship Premiere
USS Benfold Family Day Cruise 2012
USS Benfold (DDG-65)
Benfold Sailors Support Wounded Warrior Project

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