CDR Curnen reported to his first ship, USS HOWARD (DDG 83) in San Diego, CA in February of 2003. He served as both First Lieutenant and OI Division Officer in HOWARD, as well as deploying to the Western Pacific with the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group. In September of 2004, he transferred to Charleston, SC for nuclear training.
Upon completion of Nuclear Power School and Prototype, he reported to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in November of 2005. On IKE, he served as RM Division Officer and Assistant RTA, completed his Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, and deployed to the CENTCOM AOR in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. After completing his tour on IKE, he returned to the U.S. Naval Academy as a Seamanship and Navigation Instructor.
After completing Department Head School and JPME Phase I, CDR Curnen returned to the fleet in 2010 as Operations Officer in USS STOUT (DDG 55), where he deployed to the Mediterranean and supported combat operations during Operation Odyssey Dawn. In 2012, he reported to USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), where he served as the Reactor Electrical Assistant, and deployed to the CENTCOM AOR. In 2014, he was assigned to Naval Reactors, where he served as CVN Technical Assistant and Speechwriter to the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. After completing his tour at NR in February of 2016, he served on the Joint Staff, J5, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate.
CDR Curnen assumed duties as DONALD COOK’s Executive Officer in March 2019.