USS Gary
Decommissioned July 23, 2015
Commander Steven R. McDowell
Commanding Officer

A native of Millbrook, NY, CDR McDowell is a 1993 graduate of Brockport University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1997 following his initial enlistment as an Intelligence Specialist onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71).

CDR McDowell’s sea tours include: Information Systems Officer in USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC/JCC 20) deploying to SIXTH FLEET as the COMSIXTHFLT Flagship; Fire Control Officer in USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56) deploying to FIFTH FLEET in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH; Combat Systems Officer in USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) surge deploying to SIXTH FLEET in support of the GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM; Combat Systems Officer in USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71) deploying to FIFTH FLEET; Executive Officer in USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53) deploying to FIFTH FLEET in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

CDR McDowell’s shore tours include: Naval Postgraduate School, earning a master’s degree in National Security Affairs with a Middle East focus; N6 at Destroyer Class Squadron; N5/Assistant Chief of Staff Plans Officer at Expeditionary Strike Group TWO; Legislative Fellow to U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine; Naval Warfare Integration Group (OPNAV N00X) where he served as an action officer and Executive Assistant.

CDR McDowell’s personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as various campaign and unit awards.
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