December 9, 2016 - Present
CAPT Ronald A. Dowdell
Executive Officer

Captain Ronald A. Dowdell is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1994.

Commissioned a Naval Aviator, Capt. Dowdell’s at-sea duties included HSL-49 with deployment as Maintenance Officer for Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Duty in theater continued with participation in Operation IRAQI-FREEDOM when assigned to USS ESSEX (LHD-2), Sasebo, Japan.

In 2005, while serving as amphibious liaison officer onboard USS LINCOLN (CVN-72), Capt. Dowdell supported Indonesian tsunami relief operations; as Detachment SIX Officer-in- Charge onboard USS RENTZ (FFG-46) he led a helicopter detachment which conducted Maritime Security Operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES. During his tour as Commanding Officer, HSL-37 EasyRiders, from January 2011 to March 2012, the EasyRiders were awarded the 2011 Battle “E”; selected as Navy nominee for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Phoenix Award for outstanding maintenance; and recognized with the 2011 Navy Region Hawaii Project Good Neighbor Flagship Award.

Over the course of his career Capt. Dowdell accumulated 3,000 mishap-free flight-hours.

Ashore, Capt. Dowdell was a primary flight instructor with VT-27 Boomers. During that tour he received a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego. In 2007 he attended the College of Naval Warfare, and received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Post command, CAPT Dowdell served on the Joint Staff, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate (J-8) as JROC Secretariat Branch Chief and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Requirements. Following his assignment with the Joint Staff, he served as a Federal Executive Fellow with The Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a public policy think tank. Capt. Dowdell most recently served as Deputy, Command Information Officer (CIO) for Business Operations for OPNAV N1.

Personal decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), unit and campaign awards.

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