|CDR Michael P. Desmond
Executive Officer - LCS Crew 103
Commander Desmond is a native of upstate New York and originally enlisted in the Navy in 1994. He was an Electronics Technician specializing in shipboard meteorological systems. His initial sea tour was in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), during which he attained the rate of ET2 (SW) before being selected to attend Officer Candidate School.
CDR Desmond’s first Division Officer tour was as Gunnery Officer in USS MONTEREY (CG 61). Subsequent operational assignments include duty in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as Electrical Division Officer and in USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. Because of manning shortfalls, he filled the two billets in BULKELEY simultaneously for over eight months. During his tenure, BULKELEY earned a Battle “E”, the Unit Tactics Award, and the Arizona Memorial Trophy.
Ashore, CDR Desmond was an instructor at the surface warfare Damage Control Assistant School, where he qualified as a Master Training Specialist. He later served in the OPNAV N511 Advanced Concepts Branch from 2008 until 2011. While at OPNAV, he completed a voluntary 13-month Individual Augmentation tour as a Multi-National Forces-Iraq J33 Liaison Officer in the Ministry of Defense Joint Headquarters. CDR Desmond was recently assigned to the J53 Southern Africa Regional Engagement Branch at the U.S. Africa Command based in Stuttgart, Germany. He currently serves as Executive Officer of the Littoral Combat Ship Crew 103 “Rough Riders” and is scheduled to fleet-up to become Commanding Officer in late 2015.
CDR Desmond holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University and a master’s degree in Diplomacy and Military Science (cum laude) from Norwich University. CDR Desmond is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and other individual, unit, and campaign decorations.