Commanding Officer (May 11, 2011 - July 27, 2012 
CAPT Daniel C. Grieco
Commanding Officer (May 11, 2011 - July 27, 2012)

Captain Grieco graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He completed aviation training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1987.

After initial qualification in the S-3A Viking in December 1988, he was assigned to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron TWENTY TWO (VS-22). While assigned to the CHECKMATES, he transitioned to the S-3B and deployed aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) participating in Operation DESERT SHIELD and flew 23 combat support missions in Operation DESERT STORM.

Upon completion of his first sea tour, Captain Grieco was assigned to Fleet Replacement Squadron TWENTY SEVEN (VS-27) as an instructor. During this tour, he held the lead instructor for Electronic Warfare Training of the S-3 community and was the east coast S-3 NATOPS senior evaluator and model manager.

Captain Grieco’s next assignment was to Commander Carrier Group FOUR as his Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he participated in the intermediate and advanced training of five Carrier Battle Groups as well as participated in NATO exercise STRONG RESOLVE 95.

Upon detaching from CCG-4 in Oct 1996, he reported to Sea Control Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VS-24). While attached to the SCOUTS, he deployed aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH.

After attending Naval War College, in April 2000 Captain Grieco was assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center as the Assistant Deputy Director for Operations on Operations Team THREE.

Selected for command, his next assignment was as Executive Officer of Sea Control Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VS-24). He assumed command of the SCOUTS in April of 2005 and as Commanding Officer, he deployed the squadron aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his command tour, the squadron flew 229 overland combat sorties supporting Multi-National Division Southeast, won the CVW-8 Golden Wrench, CNAL Golden Anchor and 2005 Battle “E.”

Upon detaching from the SCOUTS, Captain Grieco was assigned as the Executive Assistant to Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet where he was selected for Major Command and Aviation Nuclear Pipeline training. Upon completion of training, he reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), home ported in Yokosuka Japan, as the Executive Officer from Dec 2008 to Oct 2010.

Captain Grieco joined USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), the finest flagship in the fleet, in May 2011.

He holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Air Medal (Strike/Flight)(2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated over 2600 flight hours and 650 arrested landings.

 NEWS

 USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) prepares to arrive in Laem Chabang.
USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 Change Of Command May 2011
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives in Noumea, New Calendonia
Sailors aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge man the rails prior to the ships port visit to Cairns, Australia.
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) transits the Korea Strait.
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
USS Blue Ridge
USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19)
Korean Midshipmen aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Change of Command Ceremony aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Training Aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
The honorable U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to Sailors in YOKOSUKA, Japan
Chief Quartermaster Andrey Mihaylovski, center, points towards a navigational aid to assist Quartermaster Seamen Korey Booker
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)
Capt. Charles Williams, chief of staff of commander U.S. 7th Fleet, listens to Shiho Orikasa read a thank you letter.
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)
Yeoman 3rd Class Jesse Welsh, left, and Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Sidney Hendrickson playing basketball.
Blue Ridge and U.S. 7th Fleet staff arrive in Donghae
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)
Ensign Maria Veloria looks through binoculars in the pilothouse aboard USS Blue Ridge as the ship arrives in Manila.
Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Malissia Chitwood, assigned to Naval Base Coronado, reads a passage of the chief's creed.
Quartermaster 2nd Class Louis Gonzales uses a telescopic alidade on USS Blue Ridge.
Musician 2nd Class Eric Cavender, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, performs on his tuba for Cambodian children.
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), background right, anchors off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter flies over Blue Ridge.
Sailors assigned to USS Blue Ridge carry tools and supplies at Yayasan Pendidikan Banglin school.
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Victor Trujillo serves roast beef to a guest during a "big top" reception aboard USS Blue Ridge.
Culinary Specialist's 3rd Class Eric Nava, left, 2nd Class Nelson Malaxi (middle), and 3rd Class Manuelito Belocura
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)

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