|CDR Karrey “DeWayne” Sanders
Commander Karrey “DeWayne” Sanders is a native of Oakland, California and raised in Sacramento, California. He enlisted in the Navy in 1986 and completed tours onboard USS Midway (CV 41), USS Cape Cod (AD 43), and Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California. In 1994, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and received his commission in 1997 after earning his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from San Diego State University. Additionally, Commander Sanders received a Master of Science in Software Engineering from National University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Tours as a commissioned officer include: USS Curts (FFG 38) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer; USS Higgins (DDG 76) as the Assistant Operations Officer; Tactical Training Group Pacific as an Instructor; USS Rushmore (LSD 47) as the 1st Lieutenant; USS Tarawa (LHA 1) as the 1st Lieutenant; United States Central Command as an Action Officer for Detainee Affairs; Naval War College as a student; Joint Functional Component Command for Space, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California as the Deputy Special Technical Operations Chief; Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as N40 Action Officer and N45 Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff; USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) as Executive Officer/Fleet-up Commanding Officer; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for Expeditionary Strike Group Three; he is currently serving as Commanding Officer, USS Rushmore (LSD 47).
Commander Sanders has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars, and numerous other unit commendations, campaign ribbons and awards.