|CAPT Todd Whalen
Captain Todd Whalen is a third-generation naval officer and native of Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program. He holds master’s degrees in naval architecture and civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has completed the Navy’s nuclear power training program.
He has deployed on seven ships to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Horn of Africa, and Mediterranean Sea. His assignments at sea include tours as communications officer on USS Normandy (CG 60); reactor propulsion division officer on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); operations officer on USS Thorn (DD 988); reactor electrical assistant on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); and executive officer on USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). He commanded USS Rodney M Davis (FFG 60) and most recently served as reactor officer on USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Ashore, he served as the officer-in-charge of Commander Naval Air Forces Maintenance Training Group nuclear detachment in Yokosuka, Japan and as an operations research analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and other personal, unit, and campaign awards. He is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, holds licensure as a professional engineer, and is a nationally certified youth soccer coach.