Commander Kathryn "Kat" Sampson WijnaldumExecutive Officer
Raised in Georgia, Commander Kat Wijnaldum graduated from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a doctorate, specializing in Interdisciplinary Leadership, from Creighton University. She is a qualified Nuclear Trained Surface Warfare Officer.
At sea, she served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer aboard USS Anzio (CG 68); Reactor Electrical Division Officer aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); First Lieutenant and Senior Watch Officer aboard the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44); Commanding Officer for Patrol Coastal Crew ECHO; and Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. She has completed several Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployments.
Ashore, she attended Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Training Unit. Additionally, she served as a Nuclear Trained Officer Recruiter in Navy Recruiting Region West Headquarters; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Service Chief’s Fellow; and as the lead naval forces Joint Working Group Lead in support of Global Force Management initiatives in the Joint Staff (J35 South).
Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. She is a Joint Qualified Officer.