December 2, 2017 - Present
LCDR John Culpepper 
Executive Officer

LCDR Culpepper is a native of Raymond, Mississippi and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a degree in history.

His first sea duty assignment was onboard USS STUMP (DD 978) out of Norfolk, VA where he served as the Damage Control Assistant and deployed to South America. His second Division Officer tour was as the Auxiliaries Officer on USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. As a Department Head he was the Chief Engineer on USS STETHEM (DDG 63), USS COWPENS (CG 63), and USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) all stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.

Ashore, he served as a Naval Science instructor at Officer Training Command Newport and deployed with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions to Afghanistan as a Civil Affairs Officer. He also served as the Operations Officer for PCRON ONE in Bahrain and the Readiness Officer for the Division of Professional Development at the United States Naval Academy.

He received a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Force Command and Staff College.

His personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various service and campaign awards.

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