Commanding Officer (December 26, 2015 - Present)
CAPT Jon P. Rodgers, “JR”
Commanding Officer

Captain Jon P. Rodgers hails from Humboldt, Tennessee and graduated from Cornell University in 1990 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture Engineering Technologies. Upon graduation, he received his commission as a Surface Warfare Officer.

His sea duty assignments include Division Officer tours in USS ENGLAND

(CG 22) where he served as 1st Lieutenant and Boilers Officer. He served his Department Head tours in USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) as the plankowner Main Propulsion Assistant. He received the Surface Navy Association’s Arleigh Burke award for Operational Excellence as the Operations and Material Officer on Amphibious Squadron THREE staff. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM as part of Amphibious Task Force West. He Commanded USS PONCE (AFSB 15) as the Navy’s First dedicated Afloat Forward Staging Base permanently deployed to FIFTH Fleet.

He served in Washington on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as future ships officer for the Director of Navy Expeditionary Warfare (OPNAV N75/N85). As Future Ships Officer he served as the resource sponsor for the LPD 17, LHD 8 and LHA 6 ACAT 1D programs. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Director for Warfare Integration (OPNAV N7F/N8F), and the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (OPNAV N1).

Captain Rodgers commanded Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron SIX in Portsmouth, Virginia where he led over 600 Active and Reserve Sailors on worldwide security missions that included the USNS COMFORT Theater Security Cooperation missions throughout South America. He served as Commander Task Unit Northern Arabian Gulf on the Iraq Al Basrah (ABOT) and Khor al-Amaya (KAAOT) Oil Terminals point defense mission, Panama and Suez Canal Embarked Security Team transits, and OPERATION VIGILANT MARINER in Rota, Spain. His squadron deployed in August 2008 on a seven-month deployment to United Arab Emirates to oversee security in the Ports and anchorages of Jebel Ali and Fujairah. He served as the Director, Commander’s Action Group (CAG) for Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as the United States European Command J3 Chief of Staff during Operations ODYSSEY DAWN and UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

Captain Rodgers attended the National Defense University, graduating with honors from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a Masters of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. He attended the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island with a Masters of Arts in National Security Strategy. He also graduated from the Defense Acquisition University where he participated in the Shipbuilding Industry Study involving shipbuilding processes and Government-Industry relations in over 30 domestic and foreign shipyards.

Captain Rodgers assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) in December 2014.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (2), Defense Superior Commendation Medal, Meritorious service Medal (4), Defense Superior Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various theater/service awards.

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