|CDR Joe Cahill
Commanding Officer (Relieved January 2012)
A native of St. Albans, Vermont, CDR Joe Cahill graduated from the University of Maine in 1992 with a Bachelor of Political Science.
His first at sea assignment was aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) where he served as a Propulsion Division Officer, Fuels Officer, and Surface Warfare Module officer. Completing his Surface Warfare, Engineering Officer of the Watch, and Tactical Action Officer qualifications Cahill was then assigned to the USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) as Combat Information Center Officer. CDR Cahill’s next at sea assignment was aboard USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60) where he served as Operations Officer.
From 2002-2005 CDR Cahill commanded USS MONSOON (PC 4) deploying in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. His last at sea assignment was aboard USS RUSSELL (DDG 59) where he served as the Executive Officer. During these operational tours, he completed six deployments to the Arabian Gulf and Pacific/Indian Oceans.
Ashore CDR Cahill has served on the Joint Staff as an Action Officer; as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Strategy and Policy on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO); and as the Executive Assistant to the Director for Operations U.S. Pacific Command.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation (with silver star), the Navy Achievement Medal, and a variety of unit and campaign awards.