June 2, 2018 - Present
Captain Jim McGovern

CAPT McGovern is a native of Virginia Beach, Va., and was commissioned as an ensign through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Norfolk State University and a Master of Science Degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

McGovern’s operational assignments include Division Officer tours in USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) and USS Typhoon (PC 5). As a Department Head, he served as 1st LT in USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) and USS Essex (LHD 2).

Ashore, his assignments include Instructor Surface Warfare Officer’s School Command, Division Officer Course; Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center, Baltimore, MD; Branch Head for Surface FTS assignments, (Pers-417); U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Reserve Directorate; Chief of Staff, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

Afloat McGovern commanded USS KINGFISHER (MHC 56), USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50) USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) and Task Force FIVE SIX/Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces Central. While in command of Task Force FIVE SIX, he was privileged to lead his forward deployed staff and over 1400 Sailors and Soldiers across nine Task Groups.

CAPT McGovern has earned various personal and unit awards, but is most proud of the 6 Battle Efficiency awards the ships he has served in have won as they represent the collective team work and effort of each crew member.

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