USS Sentry
"Sentinel of the Sea"
LCDR Joseph Bubulka
Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Joseph Bubulka is a native of Easton, Pennsylvania. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Additionally, he holds a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering Analysis from Naval Postgraduate School.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1994 and served as a Boiler Technician onboard USS KITTYHAWK (CV 63), homeport San Diego and Yokosuka Japan, where he completed two deployments to 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet AORs. In 2002 he was selected into the STA-21 commissioning program.

Following graduation, he reported as Communications Officer in USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), homeport San Diego, where he completed a deployment to 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).

LCDR Bubulka completed his third sea tour as Assistant Damage Control Assistant in USS Essex (LHD 2), homeport Sasebo Japan, deploying to the 7th Fleet AOR.

LCDR Bubulka most recently completed a tour as Operations Officer in MCM CREW REAPER and USS DEXTROUS (MCM 13), homeport Bahrain. He participated in MCM CREW REAPERS 2014 Basic Phase and DEXTROUS’s 2015 Gulf of Aden deployment in support of Operation Decisive Storm.

Ashore, LCDR Bubulka served as an Operations Officer at Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Afghanistan.

His personal awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, five Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit and service awards.

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