CDR Jedediah Kloppel
Commanding Officer
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A native of Spearfish, South Dakota, Cmdr. Jedediah Kloppel graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Social Behavioral Sciences. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Defense and Strategic Studies.

His operational tours include serving as communications officer aboard USS Portland (LSD 37) and USS Ponce (LPD 15); weapons officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106); current operations officer for commander, Carrier Strike Group 8; commissioning executive officer of USS Manchester (LCS-14); and executive officer of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) Blue Crew.

Ashore, Kloppel served as the navy liaison and naval gunfire liaison officer for II Marine Expeditionary Force (CG II MEF). During his tour at Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron 2 (MCAS 2), he was attached to Sea, Air and Land Team 8 (ST-8) as civil affairs officer and future operations officer. He also served as a missile defense policy analyst for United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

His current assignment is commanding officer of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) Blue Crew.

Kloppel’s personal awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and unit awards

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