Commanding Officer (June 15, 2015 - Present)
LCDR Jermaine "JB" Brooms
Commanding Officer

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Lieutenant Commander Jermaine B Brooms enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1993. He served a tour aboard the USS SURIBACHI (AE 21), which ultimately decommissioned in December 1994. He next served as a plank owner of Mine Countermeasure Rotational Crew Delta embarking USS SENTRY (MCM 3), USS GUARDIAN (MCM 5) and finally USS WARRIOR (MCM 10). For his follow-on shore duty, he was stationed at AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, VA until being selected for the Seaman-to-Admiral Commissioning Program in 1999. He graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance earning his commission as an Ensign in July 2002.

Upon graduating from Surface Warfare Officer School, he reported to USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) in Norfolk, Virginia as the Ordnance Officer. While aboard USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66), Lieutenant Commander Brooms deployed in Standing NATO Mediterranean Group (SNMG) 2003 Surface Operations and earned his Surface Warfare Officer Qualification.

In October 2004, Lieutenant Commander Brooms participated in the first Atlantic Fleet DDG Sea Swap Initiative leaving USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) reporting aboard USS LABOON (DDG 58) where he served as the Damage Control Assistant.

Following sea duty, Lieutenant Commander Brooms served as the Seamanship and Navigation Instructor and the Class of 2009 Student Advisor at the NROTC Unit, University of Illinois. During this tour, he also earned a Master of Science Degree in Accounting with a Specialization in Taxation.

Upon graduating from Department Head School, he reported to USS STOUT (DDG 55) as the Weapons Officer and later Combat Systems Officer from May 2010-June 2013. Lieutenant Commander Brooms deployed with STOUT in support of Exercise Joint Warrior 10-2 and EUCOM Ballistic Missile Defense Deployment 2010/11 and ultimately participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn.

LCDR Brooms' awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards) and various campaign, expeditionary and unit awards.
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