|CDR Jonathan L. Schmitz
Executive Officer (July 2011 - December 2012)
Commander Schmitz is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign and reported to the Surface Warfare Officer’s School (SWOS) in Newport, Rhode Island for the Division Officer Course.
CDR Schmitz reported to USS CARON (DD 970) in Norfolk, Virginia for his first division officer tour. He served as Communications Officer, deploying as the flagship for Commander Task Force 60, as part of the JOHN C. STENNIS Strike Group. Following AEGIS Combat Systems training in Dahlgren, Virginia, he reported to USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan for his second division officer tour. He served as Assistant Operations Officer and CIC Officer, deploying twice, in support of Joint Task Force East Timor and as part of the KITTY HAWK Strike Group.
After his division officer tours, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, graduating in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs. He also completed Phase 1 of his Joint Professional Military Education. Upon graduation, he reported to SWOS for the Department Head Course.
CDR Schmitz reported to USS STETHEM (DDG 63) in San Diego, California for his first department head tour. He served as Operations Officer, completing the successful initial operations capability testing for the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System and Tomahawk Block IV missile. Following that tour, he reported to USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for his second department head tour. He served as Operations Officer, completing a deployment and also successfully executing six operational tests of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System.
Following his department head tours, he reported to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee in June 2006, where he served in the Surface Warfare Officer Distribution Division (PERS-41). He served as a Placement Officer and Assistant Community Manager. Following his tour in Millington, he reported to the Office of the Vice President in Washington, DC where he served as a Military Aide to both Vice President Cheney and Vice President Biden. He left the White House in December 2010 to begin his XO/CO Fleet-Up training pipeline. CDR Schmitz reported as Executive Officer in USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) in July 2011.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service awards and unit citations.