CAPT Ron Withrow
CAPT Ron Withrow, a native of Ohio, enlisted in 1985 in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. From 1990 to 1994, he served aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as the Reactor Laboratories Leading Petty Officer and the #1 Plant Reactor Mechanical Leading Chief Petty Officer.
In 1994, he was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science. In 2004 he received his Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
CAPT Withrow is a submarine warfare officer who has served aboard USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN 732(BLUE)), USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774), USS ALASKA (SSBN 732(BLUE)), and commanded PCU SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790). He has also served on the staff of COMDESRON TWENTY FOUR, where he served as the Submarine Operations Officer.
His shore assignments include Director, Naval Reactors Fleet Liaison Engineer Officer, Commander Submarine Squadron FOUR Material Officer, Fleet Representative to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program design agencies responsible for developing the COLUMBIA-Class nuclear propulsion plant, Commander Submarine Group TWO Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering Readiness, and Commander Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE Tactical Analysis Group Fleet Exercise Analysis and Tactical Security Department Head.
CAPT Withrow’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards).