CDR Michael J. Rak
CDR Rak is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, and a United States Coast Guard Third Mates License. He earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2003 and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. In 2008, CDR Rak attended the Joint Forces Staff College, completing Phase II of his Joint Professional Military Education.
His operational assignments include division officer tours as Electrical Officer and First Lieutenant onboard USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and Navigator on USS Elrod (FFG 55). He served consecutive Department Head tours as Chief Engineer on USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56).
CDR Rak completed a tour at U.S. Joint Forces Command in the Resources, Requirements, and Analysis Directorate. He served as Aide to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic and also as Deputy Director of the VADM Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at United States Naval Academy.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and various other unit and campaign awards to include five Battle Efficiency Awards. He was a 1999 recipient of the Atlantic Fleet Junior Officer Ship Handling Award.