USS Ford
Decommissioned October 31, 2014
Commanding Officer (October 2, 2012 - Present) 
CDR Joseph T. Shuler
Commanding Officer

CDR Joseph T. Shuler is a native of Bellevue, Washington. In 1989 he enlisted in the Navy as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical), and upon completion of initial training, was assigned to ASSAULT CRAFT UNIT FIVE in Camp Pendleton, California where he made two deployments to both fifth and seventh fleets respectively. During his five-year tenure there, he held numerous positions as Craft Electrician, Detachment Maintenance Electrician and eventually was selected as a LCAC Deck Mechanic Instructor charged with qualifying all LCAC Deck Mechanics during their final phase of training. He left ACU-5 as a First-Class Petty Officer and was subsequently assigned to EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE TRAINING GROUP PACIFIC (EWTGPAC) as a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Craft Control Instructor. During his tour he was selected for the Legacy Seaman-to-Admiral Program and attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida where he earned his Commission as a Naval Officer.

At Sea, CDR Shuler’s most recent sea tour was on the staff of COMMANDER, CARRIER STRIKE GROUP THREE where he served as Assistant Surface Operations and Ballistic Missile Defense Officer deploying with the JOHN C. STENNIS STRIKE GROUP in support of third and seventh Fleet operations. His previous sea assignments include Officer-In-Charge, MIW DET TWO for the Littoral Combat Ship program from September 2006 to January 2008. During this time he was also hand-selected to serve as an LCS Special Projects Officer and chosen to fill a critical billet as Chief Staff Officer for the LCS CLASSRON. His first Department Head tour was as Chief Engineer in USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60) from January 2005 to July 2006 where he again deployed ISO seventh fleet operations. As a second-tour Division Officer, he served as Combat Information Center Officer and was subsequently fleeted-up to Assistant Operations Officer in USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) from November 1999 to May 2001 deploying to Fifth fleet. His first Division Officer tour was split as First Lieutenant, from May 1997 to July 1998, and serving concurrent gapped billets as Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer as well as Damage Control and Main Propulsion Assistants from July 1998 to July 1999 aboard USS GUARDIAN (MCM-5) in Sasebo, Japan in support of numerous COMSEVENTHFLT Operations.

On Shore, CDR Shuler attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI from August 2009 to May 2010, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and Joint Phase Military Education Phases 1 and 2. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of San Diego from June 2001 to June 2004 in Communications Studies with a minor in Business Administration.

CDR Shuler has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (sixth award), and the Navy Achievement Medal (fourth award).
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