January 14, 2017 - Present
CAPT Jeffery R. Cronin

Captain Jeffrey R. Cronin, USN, a native of eastern Massachusetts, graduated from Tufts University and was commissioned a Surface Warfare Officer through Naval ROTC in 1990. Along with his Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts, he was awarded a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Troy State University in 1996 and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2003. A Joint Qualified Officer, CAPT Cronin is a 2003 graduate of the Naval Operational Planner Course at the Naval War College and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School of the Joint Forces Staff College.

CAPT Cronin’s operational sea tours include USS NASSAU (LHA 4), homeported in Norfolk, VA; Operations Officer in USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan; and Operations Officer in USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7), homeported in San Diego, CA. On those ships he earned five Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) awards, participated in Operation SUPPORT DEMOCRACY in Haiti in 1993-1994, and numerous exercises and deployments throughout the Caribbean, North Atlantic, Southeast Asia, and the Eastern Pacific. CAPT Cronin commanded MHC CREW CONQUEST and the minehunters USS ORIOLE (MHC 55), and USS CORMORANT (MHC 57) from February 2004-July 2006, homeported in Ingleside, Texas. From July 2005-January 2006 he commanded USS CARDINAL (MHC 60), homeported in Manama, Bahrain, for an Arabian Gulf deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He most recently commanded USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) from August 2008-April 2010, deploying to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and operations in the Middle East.

His shore assignments include duty as an ethics instructor and Executive Assistant to the Director of Character Development and Honor Education at the United States Naval Academy. Following his department head tours, he served as Flag Secretary for Commander, Amphibious Group THREE in San Diego, CA, prior to attending the Naval War College in 2002-2003. He served as an operational planner in the Joint Operations Directorate (J3) at United States Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, from July 2006-May 2008, and again from July 2010-August 2013, where he served as the Deputy Chief for Current Operations (J3) and as Executive Assistant to the CENTCOM Deputy Commander. His most recent shore tour was acting Strategy Branch Chief on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Strategy and Policy Division (OPNAV N51), from August 2013 to January 2015.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.

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