Commander LaDonna M. Simpson
Commander LaDonna Simpson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and holds a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Her operational tours have spanned the Fifth and Sixth Fleet Areas of Responsibility to include deployments in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. She served aboard USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50), USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), and USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75).
Shore assignments included duty on the staff of the Director, Surface Warfare (N96) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Section Head, the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N133) as the Surface Nuclear Officer Program Manager and within the Navy Appropriations Matters Office for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C) as a congressional liaison.
Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards).