|CDR Nicholie Bufkin
Commanding Officer (April 2011 - November 2012)
CDR Nicholie Bufkin is a native of St Paul, Minnesota. She was commissioned through NROTC in 1993.
As a division officer, CDR Bufkin served as Deck/Weapons Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant and Assistant Operations Officer in USS PLATTE (AO 186) from 1993 to 1995, as Assistant First Lieutenant onboard USS INCHON (MCS 12) from 1995 to 1996, and as Combat Information Center Officer and Operations Officer onboard USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) from 1997 to 1998.
CDR Bufkin served ashore at U.S. Space Command as Theater Event System Evaluation Officer from 1998 to 2000 where she earned a Space Subspecialty code. She has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Management from Colorado Technical University.
Her department head tours were onboard USS PETERSON (DD 969) as Operations Officer from 2000 to 2001 and USS ANZIO (CG 68) as Operations Officer from 2001 to 2003. She also served afloat as Flag Secretary for Carrier Strike Group NINE (ABRAHAM LINCOLN Strike Group) from 2004 to 2005. She was Executive Officer onboard USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) from 2006 to 2007.
CDR Bufkin was Flag Secretary for Commander, Naval Surface Forces from 2007 to 2008. Following this she completed a Joint Tour at US Africa Command from 2008 to 2010. She completed her Joint Professional Military Education (JPME II) at the Joint Forces Staff College.
CDR Bufkin’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six Awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two Awards), and various unit and service awards.