Commanding Officer (December 23, 2018 - Present)
CAPT Robert T. Bryans Jr.
Commanding Officer

Captain Bob Bryans enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1987 and is a 1996 graduate of Old Dominion University. He holds a master’s degree in national security affairs (Middle East/Africa), graduating “with distinction” from the Naval PostGraduate School. He is a native of Cohoes, New York.

He is a surface warfare officer whose sea assignments include commanding officer and executive officer, USS PREBLE (DDG 88); chief engineer, combat systems officer and weapons officer, USS VICKSBURG (CG 69); fire control officer, USS ANZIO (CG 68); and first lieutenant, USS THORN (DD 988). He has completed deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans; and participated in named operations in every Combatant Command theater of operation.

Assignments ashore include assistant chief of staff for command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, cyber, and intelligence (N6) and Surface Warfare Enterprise lead personnel analyst (N1), at commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He served as strategic analyst and executive officer, resources directorate (J1/8), at U.S. Africa Command; and deputy director of system engineering and integration for international activities (Europe, Israel and the Middle East) at the Missile Defense Agency.

Captain Bryans most recently served as executive assistant to commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various service medals and unit awards. While in command of PREBLE, his amazing crew was awarded the Spokane Trophy as the most combat capable, operationally effective warship in U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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