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Commander Tom M. Van Scoten
Commanding Officer

Click for high resolutionCommander Van Scoten received his commission via the Seaman to Admiral Program and was designated a Surface Warfare Officer following Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.  His Division Officer tours were in USS PENSACOLA (LSD 38) as Electronics Material Officer and USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68) as Fire Control Officer.  His Department Head tours were in USS HUE CITY (CG 66) as Weapons and Combat Systems Officer.

Ashore, Commander Van Scoten graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  Additionally, he attended the Naval War College and completed a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I.  Following the Naval War College, he reported to the Pentagon as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities Division N2/N6F2.  Additionally, he served as Action Officer for Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles, SURTASS ships and Shipboard Network Integrations on the N2/N6F2 staff.  Commander Van Scoten also served as Cruiser/Destroyer Modernization Section Head within OPNAV N96 staff responsible for upgrades to combat systems and hull, mechanical and electrical systems.  Following his assignment to the Pentagon, Commander Van Scoten served as Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center Fort Carson, Colorado.
Commander Van Scoten’s most recent assignment was Executive Officer, USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81).