USS Sampson
"Through Courage and Arms"
(September 4, 2019 - Present)
CDR Hal Vasquez
Commanding Officer

Commander Vasquez is a native of Mandeville, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in 2000. He was commissioned at the Officer Candidate School in May 2001. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in Financial Management in 2007.

At sea, Commander Vasquez served as Flag Secretary at Carrier Strike Group TWO (CSG-2), Combat Systems Officer and Weapons Officer in USS Decatur (DDG 73); Fire Control Officer in USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), and Main Propulsion Officer and First Lieutenant in USS Vicksburg (CG 69).

Commander Vasquez has been assigned to several staff positions ashore. He was assigned to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA as a Staff Action Officer. Additionally, he was the Aegis Ashore requirements officer and Deputy Executive Assistant to Director, Surface Warfare Division to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N96) and the Human Resources officer for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4).

Commander Vasquez' awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.

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