Commanding Officer (April 19, 2013 - Present) 
CDR Joel Stewart
Commanding Officer

Commander Joel Stewart, a native of Great Falls, MT, began his Navy career by enlisting in 1985 as a Fire Controlman, trained to maintain and operate the Tomahawk Weapons Control System. He advanced to the rate of FC1 before he received his commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1996 with a Bachelors Degree in University Studies. He attended the Naval War College's Command and Staff College as a Halsey Scholar and graduated with distinction in 2007, earning a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

His operational tours include duty as a Tomahawk technician in USS HEWITT (DD 966); damage control assistant and operations officer in USS FIFE (DD 991); operations officer in USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62); IA as current operations action officer on Commander Multi-National Forces-Iraq's staff; future plans and public affairs officer for Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE (in USS MAHAN (DDG 72) USS NORMANDY (CG 60) and USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96); and commissioning navigator in USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) before reporting as executive officer in USS ANCHORAGE where he subsequently assumed command.

Ashore CDR Stewart served on the staffs of Transient Personnel Unit San Diego, (LPO & CMAA) and Navy Warfare Development Command, as the ballistic missile defense concept development lead.

CDR Stewart's personal awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (7), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (2), the NATO Medal, various unit citations and campaign awards.
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