|CDR Jeffrey D. Sturm
A native of Byron Center, Michigan, CDR Sturm enlisted in the Navy as a nuclear-trained Electrician’s Mate in 1989. Selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1993, he earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1996 and was subsequently commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
At sea, CDR Sturm has served on seven different classes of warships, most recently as the decommissioning Executive Officer in USS FORD (FFG 54), homeported in Everett, Washington. Other afloat assignments have included Fire Control Officer in USS FLETCHER (DD 992); Reactor Controls Division Officer in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65); First Lieutenant in USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44); Reactor Training Assistant in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74); and as Commanding Officer of PATROL COASTAL (PC) CREW HOTEL, deploying in USS CHINOOK (PC 9), and PC CREW ALPHA, deploying in USS TYPHOON (PC 3), both in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Ashore, CDR Sturm served on the staff of the Director, Assessment Division, OPNAV N81 in Washington, D.C. as a Liaison Officer for both the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. CDR Sturm’s post-division officer shore assignment was as the Nuclear Engineering Officer Training Coordinator at the Surface Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team in Norfolk, Virginia.
CDR Sturm holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He has been awarded numerous decorations, campaign, and service awards; however, he is most proud of the 2006 BATTLE “E” award earned by PC CREW HOTEL, as it represents the focused efforts of the entire crew.