Commanding Officer (August 6, 2014 - Present)
CDR William B. Palmer, II
Commanding Officer

Commander William B. Palmer, II, a native of Parkville, Missouri, enlisted as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) in 1988. He was the first Chinese Mandarin linguist to qualify national mission, subsurface, surface and airborne supervisor. Palmer also served as an enlisted technical liaison to the Royal and Royal Australian Navies. In 1996, CTI1(AW/SS/NAC) Palmer was selected for the legacy Seaman to Admiral Program and commissioned as an Ensign via Officer Candidate School in 1997.
At sea, he served as Combat Electronics, Fire Control, Electronics Material and Communications Officer in USS TARAWA (LHA 1); Auxiliaries Officer during the USS ESSEX (LHA 2)/BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) hull swap; the commissioning Weapons Officer and later Combat Systems Officer in USS NITZE (DDG 94); and finally as Executive Officer in USS NORMANDY (CG 60). While aboard TARAWA, he earned the 1999 Shiphandler of the Year Award (Large Class Ship).
Early shore tours include Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, University Of San Diego Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, Destroyer Class Squadron (DDGRON), Naval War College (NWC) and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Charlotte, NC. In 2007, he augmented to Surface Warfare Officer Full Time Support serving as DDGRON’s Deputy Operational Support Officer. While studying at the NWC, CDR Palmer assisted the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute. As Commanding Officer of NOSC Charlotte, he led more than 270 active and reserve Sailors in meeting Combatant Commander and Fleet Commander requirements through the training, readiness and mobilization of 27 reservists.
Additionally, Palmer served two Individual Augmentation assignments deploying in support of Expeditionary Action Group ONE’s Horn of Africa counter-piracy mission in 2006 and Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Composite Squadron ONE’s mission in Taji, Iraq in 2008.
CDR Will Palmer holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego, a Master’s of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a Master’s of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His personal awards include the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Army Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal as well as various campaign and service awards.
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