CAPT Daniel Dusek
CAPT Daniel Dusek
Executive Officer (May 2011 - April 2012)

CAPT Daniel Dusek is a native of Waldport, Oregon. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1989 and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
His initial sea tour was in USS LEWIS B. PULLER (FFG 23), homeported in Long Beach, California, serving as Damage Control Assistant, Navigator and Administrative Officer. In 1993 he was assigned to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), homeported in Bremerton, Washington as OI Division Officer and Training Officer. Following Department Head School, he reported as Chief Engineer in USS TAYLOR (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Florida, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations. In 2000 he was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE in Everett, Washington as Material Officer. In 2001 he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2002 CAPT Dusek reported to USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) homeported in Everett, Washington, as Executive officer. During this tour he deployed to SEVENTH Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. CAPT Dusek commanded USS FITZGERALD (DDG-62) April 2007 through October 2008. During his tour in USS FITZGERALD, he conducted operations in the C7F AOR winning two consecutive DESRON 15 Battle Effectiveness Awards, Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Award, two consecutive PACFLT ASW Bloodhound Awards for the most proficient ship in anti-submarine operations and two consecutive CNSF Unit Tactics Awards for combat systems proficiency including BMD operations. CAPT Dusek also served as the COMSEVENTH Fleet Deputy Operations Officer embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) from January 2009 through February 2011, where he was responsible for all aspects of Fleet Operations in the C7F AOR.
Ashore CAPT Dusek attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, earning a Master of Science Degree in Physical Oceanography. CAPT Dusek received his second Masters Degree from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 2006. While at the Naval War College CAPT Dusek was assigned as the sole US Navy representative to the Naval Command College, the Naval War College’s Senior International program. CAPT Dusek also completed a tour ashore assigned to Commander, THIRD Fleet in San Diego, California as the Current & Future Operations and Scheduling Officer.
 CAPT Dusek assumed his current assignment as Executive Officer on the USS ESSEX (LHD 2) forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in May 2011.
CAPT Dusek’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards).


USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex LHD 2
Essex (LHD 2) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo
31st MEU walk down the pier at White Beach Naval Facility to embark the USS Essex
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force cadets during a tour of USS Essex
Biological and radiological protection gear drill on board USS Essex (LHD 2).
Fleet Master Chief Visits USS Essex
USS Essex (LHD 2)
USS Essex (LHD 2) Crew Celebrates Centennial of Naval Aviation
USS Essex (LHD 2) launches a RIM-7P Sea Sparrow missile during a live-fire missile exercise
AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214 lands on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2)
USS Essex (LHD 2) Sailors Complete Ordnance Onload Prior to Deployment
High mobility multi-purpose vehicles with the 31st MEU drive onto the USS Essex (LHD 2) at White Beach Naval Facility Okinawa
USS Essex (LHD 2) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Justin Mitchell, right, fires the shot line to  USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9)
Marines assigned to the 31st MEU prepare to disembark the USS Essex
Sailors take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony held aboard USS Essex
Marine Corps 236th Birthday Celebration
USS Essex (LHD 2)
USS Essex (LHD 2)
Sailors man the forward lookout watch on the signal bridge of USS Essex (LHD 2) as the ship arrives in Manila for a port visit.
USS Essex LHD 2
USS Essex (lhd2)
Chief of Navy’s Chaplain Corps Visits USS Essex
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USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
LCAC enters well deck of USS Essex.
Yeoman 2nd Class Kyle Parker takes his first class petty officer advancement examination.
Physical Training on board USS Essex (lhd2)
USS Essex (lhd2)
Capt. David Fluker answers questions for the Japanese media.

 Served with...

CMDCM(SW/AW) Brannon F. Knox
Captain Fluker
ITCM(SW/AW) Martin J. Ruane
CMDCM(AW/SW) Scott McCreery
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