Commander Alexander McMahonExecutive Officer
Commander Alex McMahon is a native of New Jersey. He is a 2004 graduate of Fordham University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and received his commission through the NROTC program at SUNY Maritime College.
Upon receiving his commission in 2004, he reported to USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8) where he served as First Division Officer, Repair Officer, and Electrical Officer deploying in 2006 with the USS BOXER ARG in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and the surge for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Subsequent sea tours included Operations Officer for Patrol Coastal Crew JULIET in USS SIROCO (PC 6), USS SQUALL (PC 7), and USS FIREBOLT (PC 10) during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and as the Engineer Officer in USS HOPPER (DDG 70) from 2012 to 2014 where HOPPER deployed to the Arabian Gulf as the ballistic missile defense ship in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. His most recent sea tour was as the Maintenance and Material Officer for Commander Amphibious Squadron Three where he coordinated maintenance and repairs for a squadron of six amphibious ships ensuring ESSEX ARG deployed on time and combat ready in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
Ashore, Commander McMahon served from 2008-2009 in Baghdad, Iraq as the Operations Officer for the Multi-National Forces – Iraq CJ9 staff and as the Executive Officer (Aide) to the Deputy Director, MNF-I CJ9. Following his tour in Iraq he was an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at SUNY Maritime College which served Fordham University, Molloy College, and Columbia University NROTC programs. His most recent shore duty was as a Naval Strategists and Future Operations Planner for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet where he was the lead planner for the Fleet Battle Problem series and the Maritime contribution to the US Maximum Pressure Campaign towards the DPRK.
Commander McMahon is currently assigned as the Executive Officer of the 6th Fleet Flagship, the USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20) homeported in Gaeta, Italy.
He earned a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 2016 and is a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. He is both a Naval Strategist and Operational Planner.
Among his personal decorations are the Bronze Star Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various unit and service awards.