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Lieutenant Commander Ott was born in Youngstown Ohio
in 1965. He graduated from Benedictine High School in
Richmond, Virginia, and enlisted in the Navy in 1983.
Upon completion of the Naval Academy Preparatory School
he received an appointment to the United States Naval
Academy where he graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of
Science Degree. Following division officer training in
Coronado California he reported for duty in USS WHIPPLE
CFF 10625 stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His initial
three year division officer assignment included duties as
Electrical!Auxiliaries Officer, Damage Control Assistant,
and Combat Information Center Officer. During his tour,
USS WHIPPLE completed two deployments, one Western
Pacific and a second to the Persian Gulf in support of Desert
While serving in USS VVHIPPLE, Lieutenant Commander
Ott earned his Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering
Officer of the Watch qualifications. Following his first sea
tour, Lieutenant Commander Ott attended the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. There he
earned a Masters of Science in Information Technology
Management graduating in September of 1994. After
completing department head training, Lieutenant Com-
mander Ott reported to USS LA MOURE COUNTY CLST
11945 as Engineering Officer. During his tour, LA MOURE
COUNTY completed a deployment to South America
CUNITAS 37 -93. After selection for command as a
Lieutenant, he reported to Surface Warfare Officer School
for the Prospective Commanding Officer Course.
Lieutenant Commander Ott took command of the USS
SHAMAL CPC13D in October 1997. SHAMAL made a
number of deployments in support of Navy Special Warfare
and US Army Special Forces and a highly successful six-
month deployment to Southern Command in support of
National and Theater counter-narcotics objectives. Upon
his relief in June of 1999, Lieutenant Commander Ott was
selected to attend the Joint Services and Command Staff
College CJSCSCD in the United Kingdom. He completed his
studies overseas in August of 2000 with a Master of Arts
Degree in Defense Studies from King's College, London,
England. He was most recently assigned to USS TREN-
TON as Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Commander Ott awards include the Meritori-
ous Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation
Medal Ctwo awardsb, the Navy and Marine Corps Achieve-
ment Medal Ctwo awardsl, and various unit, campaign and
LCDR MICHEAL F. OTT
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CDR ROBERT P. IRELAN
MARCH 7, 2002- Present
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Commander Irelan is from Toledo, Ohio enlisting in
the Navy in 1979. While attending Naval Nuclear
Power School, he received an NROTC Scholarship to
Miami University Oxford, Ohio. He graduated with a
Degree in Physics and after commissioning attended
Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode
Commander Irelan's initial assignments include
tours as the Second Division Officer and Engineer
Officer on board the USS Barnstable County CLST
1197 D from April 1985 to June 1987 where he
participated in a Mediterranean deployment during
the terrorist crisis in Lebanon.
While onboard Barnstable County he qualified as a
Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of
the Watch. He then transferred to USS John King
CDDG 3D where he served as the Fire Control Officer
from July 1987 to April 1989. He qualified Tactical
Action Officer while completing a South American
UNITAS deployment. Following these initial sea
tours, Commander Irelan was assigned to the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin at Madison as an NROTC
instructor from May 1989 to May 1991.
As a Department Head, he served two successive
sea tours from January 1992 until December 1994.
First as the First Lieutenant onboard USS
Manitowoc CLST 11805, and then again as First
Lieutenant onboard USS Nassau CLHA4D. While
assigned to USS Nassau Commander Irelan was
involved in the Operation "Support Democracy".
He was assigned to SWOS from January 1995 to
June 1996, and was chosen as the Command's
Instructor of the Year for 1995. He then reported as
a student to the Command and General Staff College
CCGSCD at Fort Leavenworth Kansas where he
received his Masters in Military Arts and Science
from CGSC in June 1996. He reported to Ingleside,
Texas in March 1997 to November 1999 as the
Commanding Officer of the USS Falcon CMHC 59J.
In December of 1999 Commander Irelan reported
to United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk,
Virginia in the Operations and Plans Directorate J 3.
He served as the Special Technical Operations Chief
until October 2001.
Commander Irelan resides in Chesapeake Virginia
with his wife Cheri a Registered Nurse and their two
children Heather and Maxx.
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2 LCDR CURTIS L. BROWN
Lieutenant Commander Brown was born in Newport News, Vir-
ginia. He graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton,
Virginia, and enlisted in the Navy in 1983. Upon completion
ofthe Naval Academy Preparatory School he received an appoint-
ment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in
1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
In June 1989 he reported for duty in USS MILWAUKEE CAOR
25 stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. His initial three year division
officer assignment included duties as Communications Officer,
Auxiliaries Officer and Electronics Material Officer. During his
tour, USS MILWAUKEE completed two Mediterranean deploy-
ments and two Counter Drug Operations. While serving in USS
MILWAUKEE, Lieutenant Commander Brown earned his Sur-
face Warfare Officer qualification. Following his first sea tour,
Lieutenant Commander Brown reported for duty in USS BIDDLE
CCG 345 as Damage Control Assistant where he earned his Engi-
neering Officer ofthe Watch qualification. Following the decom-
missioning of BIDDLE in November 1993, Lieutenant Com-
mander Brown reported to Readiness Support Group, Norfolk as
the Contracts Officer.
After completing department head training, Lieutenant Com-
mander Brown reported to USS PENSACOLA CLSD 383 as Engi-
neer Officer from September 1996 to June 1998. During his tour,
USS PENSACOLA completed a deployment to the Mediterra-
nean as a part of the NASSAU Amphibious Ready Group CARGJ
taking part in the NEO in Albania. Lieutenant Commander Brown
then transferred to the AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON ELEVEN
CPHIBRON 11D in Sasebo, Japan as the Material!Logistics Of-
ficer. During his tour he participated in no-notice deployments to
the Arabian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Fox and the Timor
Sea for humanitarian assistance to East Timor.
He was assigned to Surface Warfare Officer School Command
CSWOSCOLCOMD from March 2000 to February 2002 as the Di-
vision Head for Boiler WaterfFeedwater in the Engineering De-
partment. During his tour as an instructor, he qualified Master
Training Specialist. Reported to USS TRENTON CLPD 145 as
Executive Officer in May 2002.
Lieutenant Commander Brown's awards include the Navy
and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Cfive awardsj, the
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Ctwo awardsl,
and various unit, campaign and service medals.
Lieutenant Commander Brown is married to the former
Tonya Williams of Newport News, Virginia. They reside in
Chesapeake, Virginia with their two children: Ariana and
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