CDR Darren W. Glaser
Commanding Officer (May 2010 - May 2012)
Commander Glaser is a native of Arlington Heights, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Kansas and was commissioned through Naval ROTC in January 1993.
Commander Glaser’s initial sea tour was aboard USS NASSAU (LHA 4), as Main Propulsion 1 Officer and Fire Control Officer. NASSAU operated in the Adriatic Sea five times in support of Operations SHARP GUARD, DENY FLIGHT, and PROVIDE PROMISE. Next he reported for duty as Fire Control Officer in USS SHILOH (CG 67). He extended onboard as CIC Officer and as a Tactical Action Officer for the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Strike Group’s 1997 deployment, where he participated in national tasking as a Tactical Action Officer. For Department Head tours, he served on USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) as Weapons Officer and as Combat Systems Officer. Commander Glaser deployed on FITZGERALD in support of the Global War on Terrorism in Operations NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. As Executive Officer, he served on USS MILIUS (DDG 69) completing an Arabian Gulf deployment in October 2007.
Shore tours include Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific as the Cruise Missile Branch Head and Senior Instructor for Tomahawk Watch Officer, Cruise Missile Command Course, and C4I System Engineering curriculums. He served at Surface Warfare Officers School Command as the Executive Director and ultimately became Director of Fleet Training (N72), responsible for both the Division Officers Course and Maritime/Navigation curriculum. Following his afloat Executive Officer tour on USS MILIUS, he earned his master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Commander Glaser then served a one year, joint tour in Iraq as Iraq Security Assistance Mission’s Navy Programs Chief within the Multi-National Security Transition Command–Iraq.
Personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with three gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal (with two gold stars), various unit awards and service ribbons.