|CDR Donald Rauch
CDR Rauch was raised in Springfield, Virginia. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the US Naval War College. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in National Security and Defense Strategy.
His Division Officer tours include serving as Main Propulsion Division Officer in USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) and Operations Officer in USS Sirocco (PC 6). As a Department Head, he served as Operations Officer in USS Hawes (FFG 53) and Operations Officer in PCU Independence (LCS 2) Blue Crew.
Ashore, he was assigned as Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) and Future Plans (N5) Officer in Naval Beach Group Two (NBG2) and as Deputy Assistant for Operations in the staff of the CNO Executive Panel (OPNAV N00K). His most recent shore assignment was as the Defense Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator Roger F. Wicker, (R-MS).
CDR Rauch has deployed to the CENTCOM AOR on five occasions in support of UN sanctions against Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is currently serving as Commanding Officer of USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS-2)
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit commendations.