|CDR Donald M. Foss
Commanding Officer (April 2011 - October 2012)
CDR Donald M. Foss is a native of Charleston, SC. He attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. In 1992 he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Fire Controlman, and upon completion of initial training, was assigned to USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) as a member of the commissioning crew. In 1995 he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School where he earned his commission as a Naval Officer.
Reporting to USS FORD in June 2009, CDR Foss served as Executive Officer until April 2011, during which time he completed a counter-narcotics deployment to Fourth Fleet and participated in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. His previous sea tours include USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), where he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer from March 2003 to January 2006. During this tour he completed a deployment with the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Strike Group to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility in support of the Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He served in USS SHRIKE (MHC 62) from June 1998 to August 2000 as Operations Officer, and in USS COWPENS (CG 63) from March 1996 through March 1998 as Fire Control Officer and Strike Officer.
CDR Foss’ shore tours include duty as Instructor and Course Manager of Officer Training at the Mine Warfare Training Center in Ingleside, Texas from September 2000 through August 2002. He attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from January 2006 to January 2007, and completed a joint tour as a Programs Officer and Executive Assistant to the Director, Program Analysis and Financial Management, at the United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base from January 2007 through February 2009.
CDR Foss has been awarded the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fourth award), and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (fourth award).