|Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson
Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11
Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson is a northern Minnesota native and a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., English). He also holds master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (Operations Research) and the National War College (Strategic Studies).
Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 includes USS Nimitz (CVN 68), seventy aircraft in Carrier Airwing (CVW) 17, AEGIS cruisers USS Princeton (CG 58) and USS Lake Erie (CG 70), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 with seven AEGIS destroyers. Gabrielson previously commanded Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 in Singapore.
A surface warfare officer, Gabrielson has operated in every numbered U.S. Fleet from five different ports across the U.S.and Japan. Previous sea tours included service aboard a frigate, the first littoral combat ship, a destroyer and three cruisers, deploying five times to the Middle East, plus other operations and exercises in the Western Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic and Baltic regions. Gabrielson commanded USS Cape St. George (CG 71), circumnavigating the globe. He also served as the first commanding officer during design, construction and commissioning of USS Freedom (LCS 1), sailing all the Great Lakes.
Ashore, Gabrielson served as executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, as aide to the vice chief of naval operations and as an operations research analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N81 division. He also served as liaison to the U.S. Congress in both the Secretary of the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs and the Joint Staff. He was also a 2010 fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Seminar XXI program and a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XXXIII.
Gabrielson's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation and Achievement medals and numerous unit and service citations.