USS Stethem
"Steadfast and Courageous"
(May 25, 2019 - Present)
CDR Rummel
Commanding Officer


A native of Bakersfield, California, Commander Rummel enlisted in the Navy in 1992. His enlisted assignments include USS LASALLE (AGF 3) as a Boiler Technician (BT) and Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC) as an Intelligence Specialist (IS). He received his commission via the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP) in 2000.

CDR Rummel’s sea tours include Strike Warfare Officer, Weapons Officer, Combat Systems Officer in USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), Air and Missile Defense Commander Liaison Officer to Commander Carrier Strike Group TEN embarked in USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), and Executive Officer in USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62). He most recently served as Chief Staff Officer, Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN. Crews with whom he has served have earned seven “Battle E” awards for operational excellence. While assigned to GETTYSBURG, the ship won the 2013 Battenberg Cup as the best ship, aircraft carrier, or submarine in the Atlantic Fleet. While assigned to CHANCELLORSVILLE, the ship won the 2016 Spokane Trophy as the Pacific Fleet surface ship with the highest level of operational readiness in coordinated air warfare, surface warfare and undersea warfare operations.

Shore assignments include Assistant Captain Detailer, Strategic Communications Coordinator, and LCS Placement Coordinator at Navy Personnel Command (PERS-41), Advanced Shiphandling and Tactics (ASAT) Instructor and Surface Warfare Officer Introduction Course Lead at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), and Associate Fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group (SSG) XXVI. SSG XXVI was tasked by the CNO with developing concepts to prepare the Navy for “Fighting in Cyberspace in 2030.”

Academically, CDR Rummel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from San Diego State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Distinction. He also graduated with a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He has completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I, graduating with “highest distinction”, and JPME Phase II. He is a previous recipient of the City of Newport Award, the Newport Navy League Award, and the VADM Bulkeley Distinguished Graduate Award.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5th award), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5th award).



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