USS Princeton
"Honor and Glory"
Commander Christopher Bodine
Executive Officer (June 2010 - June 2012)

Commander Christopher Bodine is a native of California. He initially enlisted in the Navy in 1984 as a Nuclear Machinist Mate. As a second class petty officer he was selected for the Broaden Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training program. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.

Commander Bodine’s first sea duty assignment was in USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH 11) where he served as Boilers, Machinery, First, and Combat Information Division Officer. He completed a follow-on division officer tour in USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) as the Anti Submarine Warfare Officer.

Commander Bodine then attended the Naval Post Graduate School and graduated with a Masters in Science in Operations Analysis in 1999. Following department head school, Commander Bodine served in USS FLETCHER (DD 962) as the Combat Systems Officer. He then reported to Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY THREE as the Combat Systems Officer. His next assignment was as the Flag Secretary for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Commander Bodine then served as the Executive Officer in USS MILIUS (DDG 69). Notably, MILIUS was the test DDG for Optimal Manning, successfully completing an entire training cycle and deployment to FIFTH Fleet in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM.

Commander Bodine attended the Naval War College and graduated with a Masters of Arts in National Security Strategy in 2005. His first joint tour was as the Deputy Director for Congressional Affairs for the Combined Staff Headquarters, U.S. European Command and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He reported to USS PRINCETON (CG 59) in June, 2010 as the Executive Officer.

His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various campaign and service awards.



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