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Commander Donald V. Wilson 
Chief Staff Officer

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Commander Don Wilson entered the United States Navy as a Seaman Recruit in June 1987 at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, FL.  During his enlisted career, he served in tours as a Data Processing Technician onboard USS FULTON (AS 11) homeported in New London, CT, the Enlisted Personnel Management Center in New Orleans, LA, and at Fleet Information Warfare Center in Norfolk, VA where he was selected for and initiated as a Chief Petty Officer.

He earned his commission via the Limited Duty Officer program in February 2000 and in June 2017 laterally transferred into the Information Professional Officer Community.  His previous Fleet tours include Operations Officer, USNS SPICA (T-AFS 9), Operations Officer & Military Detachment Assistant Officer-in-Charge, USNS CONCORD (T-AFS 5), Combat Information Systems Officer, USS NASSAU (LHA 4), Information Systems Officer/Assistant Combat Systems Officer (Plankowner), USS NEW YORK (LPD 21), and Combat Systems Officer aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

His ashore tours included assignments as Information Technology Training Officer and an Instructor at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Officer-in-Charge of Center for Information Technology Learning Site Hampton Roads, Deputy Director for Exercise Planning & Support at Naval Network Warfare Command, Deputy N6 & Force Combat Systems Information Officer on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic, and at Navy Personnel Command as the Information Professional Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer, Lateral Transfer and New Accessions Detailer.   Commander Wilson was Commanding Officer of Naval Communications Security Material System from May 2017 to April 2019.

Commander Wilson also served in three Global Support/Individual Augmentation assignments.  From 2007-2008, as the CJ6 Operations Officer & Staff Knowledge Management Officer for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and in 2010 was again deployed in Afghanistan as the J6 Current Operations Officer for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.  Throughout 2012, he served as an Advisor/Mentor to the Iraqi Navy assigned to the State Department’s Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.

Commander Wilson currently serves as the Chief Staff Officer for Amphibious Squadron Eight embarked in USS BATAAN (LHD 5) and as the Information Warfare Commander for the BATAAN Amphibious Ready Group.  He is a qualified Information Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, afloat Tactical Action Officer and staff Battle Watch Captain.  He is a member of the Navy’s Space Cadre.  Additionally, he is a designated Navy Master Training Specialist, earned a Bachelors of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Information Technology Management from Trident University, and is a graduate of the United States Naval War College.  His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), as well as numerous other personal, unit and campaign awards.

Commander Wilson was recently selected for promotion to Captain and will “pin-on” in 2020.