CAPTAIN RYAN C. TILLOTSON
U.S. NAVAL FORCES SOUTHERN COMMAND
U.S. FOURTH FLEET
Captain Tillotson received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Washington. After attending the Surface Warfare Officers School Division Officer course in San Diego, California, he served in USS Dubuque (LPD 8) as Ordnance Officer, Administrative Officer and Navigator, then home ported in Sasebo, Japan. Following his tour in USS Dubuque, Tillotson attended the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, earning a Master’s of Science in Operations Analysis with a subspecialty in logistics. Upon graduation from NPS he served as Combat Systems Officer in USS John A. Moore (FFG 19), and C4I Officer in USS Peleliu (LHA 5) both home ported in San Diego, California. Other sea duty assignments include serving as executive officer in USS De Wert (FFG 45) and USS O’Bannon (DD 987) in Mayport. Tillotson commanded USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) also home ported in Mayport. During his command tour the ship deployed to the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Fifth, and Seventh Fleets.
Captain Tillotson’s shore duty assignments include being the Future Operations Director on the staff of United States Naval Forces Central Command, United States Fifth Fleet in Manama Bahrain, and as Ballistic Missile Defense Division Chief for Commander, United States Northern Command within the Directorate of Operations (USNORTHCOM J31). He was the Lieutenant Commander Detailer and Deputy Director for Surface Warfare Officer Distribution (PERS 41), Naval Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee. He also served in the Surface Warfare Directorate of the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (N96), where he was responsible for various current and advanced Land Attack Warfare and Naval Surface Fires Support Programs. He is a graduate of the National War College with a Master’s of Science Degree in National Security Strategy. Most recently, Tillotson served as the Deputy and Commodore for Destroyer Squadron FOURTEEN in Mayport, Florida. He is currently serving as the Maritime Operations Center Director for United States Naval Forces Southern Command, United States Fourth Fleet in Mayport, Florida.
Captain Tillotson awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation and Achievement medals, and various unit and campaign awards.