|CDR Todd E. Whalen
A third-generation naval officer, CDR Todd Whalen is a native of Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program. He later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned Master of Science degrees in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering and Civil/Environmental Engineering.
In his first assignment, he served as Communications Officer in USS Normandy (CG 60). Upon completion of nuclear power training, he served as Reactor Propulsion Division Officer in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Subsequent sea tours were in USS Thorn (DD 988) as Operations Officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as Reactor Electrical Assistant, and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) as Executive Officer. During these operational tours, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, and Horn of Africa.
Ashore, he served as the first Officer-in-Charge of Commander Naval Air Forces Maintenance Training Group in Yokosuka, Japan in support of the Navy’s only forward-deployed nuclear powered aircraft carrier. Most recently, he served as an Operations Research Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards. He is also a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and he holds licensure as a Professional Engineer.