|Commander Patrick C. Thien
Commanding Officer - Blue Leadership
CDR Thien is a native of Seattle, Washington. In 1991, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated and received his commission in 1995.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS SPRUANCE (DD-963), where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. In May 1998, CDR Thien reported to USS TYPHOON (PC-5) where he served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer. In August 2002, CDR Thien reported to USS CUSHING (DD-985) where he served as Combat Systems Officer.
CDR Thien reported in June 2004 to USS WHIRLWIND (PC-11) and PC CREW DELTA as Commanding Officer, where he completed a 27 month command tour. During his tour, PC CREW DELTA deployed to the FIFTH Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) twice, conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf and throughout the FIFTH Fleet AOR.
In October 2006, CDR Thien was selected to attend the Naval War College, in Newport Rhode Island and graduated with a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. CDR Thien also completed his Joint Professional Military Education Phase One (JPME I) while at the Naval War College.
CDR Thien’s tours ashore include Lead Anti-Submarine Warfare Instructor Surface Warfare Officer School Command, Division Officer Course and Knowledge Management/Information Superiority Officer for U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, Joint Deployable Teams.
CDR Thien’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.