Commanding Officer (October 1, 2018 - Present)
LCDR Bobby Wayland
Commanding Officer

LCDR Bobby Wayland was a native of Concord, Massachusetts where his parents still reside. LCDR Wayland enlisted in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Administrative (CTA) in 2001; after initial training he was assigned to Naval Security Group Activity San Diego.

In 2002, LCDR Wayland was admitted to the US Naval Academy, where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English. LCDR Wayland served at sea in USS MAHAN (DDG 72) as the Strike Officer during a Standing NATO Maritime Group deployment. Subsequently, he served as Navigator in MAHAN on the ship’s 2008-2009 deployment to the COMFIFTHFLT Area of Operations. LCDR Wayland served as the Weapons Officer and then the Combat Systems Officer in USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108).

Ashore, he served as a TLAM mission planner on the staff of Commander, US Sixth Fleet during Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and other operations; later, he assumed duties as the OIC of the Sixth Fleet Strike Cell.

LCDR Wayland assumed duties as Executive Officer onboard USS PIONEER in May of 2017 and assumed command in October 2018.

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