Executive Officer (March 15, 2011 - October 15, 2012) 
LCDR Kevin Ralston
Executive Officer (March 2011 - October 2012)

LCDR Kevin Ralston is a native of Gardiner, Montana. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1997. He attended Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Business Administration.

After initial Surface Warfare Officer training, LCDR Ralston served in USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) as Electrical Officer and Auxiliaries Officer. Following a successful Middle East deployment, LCDR Ralston reported to Special Boat Unit Twelve (SBU 12) in May 2000. There he served as Officer-in-Charge of an 11 meter Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat Detachment and deployed as part of Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Peleliu to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In December 2004, LCDR Ralston reported to USS SHOUP (DDG 86) as Operations Officer and deployed to the Western Pacific as part of ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Strike Group in support of numerous 7th Fleet engagements, including Operation Unified Assistance. He then reported as Operations Officer to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty One (CDS 21) in 2006, deploying to the Middle East with the JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Strike Group.

Following his Department Head tours, LCDR Ralston was deployed to U.S. European Command to fulfill a GWOT Support Assignment. Ashore, he served as an Action Officer and Deputy Branch Chief in the Global Operations Directorate, U. S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Lieutenant Commander Ralston has received unit and personal awards to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal - three awards, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal - two awards.

 NEWS

 USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) prepares to arrive in Laem Chabang.
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
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)
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)
USS Blue Ridge as it transits through the South Chine Sea
USS Blue Ridge (lcc19)
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)

 Served with...

Commanding Officer (November 24, 2009 - May 11, 2011)
Commanding Officer (May 11, 2011 - July 27, 2012
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