CAPT William T. Wagner
Commodore (June 2009 - June 2011)

Captain Wagner, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelors of Science in Health Planning and Administration. He was commissioned in February of 1986 after completing Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.

At sea, Captain Wagner served as Electrical Officer and Engineer Officer aboard USS SPIEGEL GROVE (LSD 32), as Engineer Officer in USS AUBREY FITCH (FFG 34), Material and Readiness Officer on the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron THIRTEEN, Executive Officer in USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) and Flag Material Officer on the staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO the George Washington Battle Group.

In August 2004, he assumed command of USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG-56); a Forward Deployed Naval Force ship operating from Yokosuka, Japan in support of SEVENTH Fleet. JOHN S. MCCAIN participated in numerous Ballistic Missile Defense long range surveillance and tracking missions in the Sea of Japan, as well as, exercises with naval forces from Japan and the Republic of Korea. During this period JOHN S. MCCAIN won the Battle "E" for 2004 and 2006, the Bloodhound Award for Anti Submarine Warfare 2004 and 2005, the James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery award and the Golden Anchor award. Captain Wagner has operational experience in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Atlantic, Southwest Asia and Western Pacific theaters.

Ashore, Captain Wagner served as an Engineering instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Flag Secretary for Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific and Deputy OPS and Plans, on the staff of Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic. His most recent shore tour was as the Current Operations Chief for Joint Task Force Civil Support, USNORTHCOM’s standing CBRNE consequence management JTF.

He earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1999 and is a designated sub specialist in Anti Submarine Warfare and OPS Analysis.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and service decoration



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