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USS Essex (LHD-2)
CAPT. James B. Quin, USN
Captain Quin received his commission in 1991 through the NROTC program at Northwestern University, where he earned a bachelor’s of
arts degree (with honors) in history. He earned a masters of arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and graduated with
distinction from the Naval War College in 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he commanded the guided missile destroyer U.S.S. GRIDLEY (DDG 101),
homeported in San Diego, California. From 2011 to 2013 he commanded the pre-commissioning unit and then the amphibious transport
dock U.S.S. ANCHORAGE (LPD 23). He is currently serving as U.S.S. ESSEX (LHD 2) Commanding Officer.
Afloat, Captain Quin also served in a variety of division officer billets in the U.S.S. CALLAGHAN (DDG 994), as fire control
officer in the U.S.S. LAKE ERIE (CG 70), as weapons and combat systems department head in the U.S.S. PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58), and as
executive officer in the U.S.S SHILOH (CG 70) and the U.S.S. CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71). He deployed to the western Pacific, the Indian
Ocean and Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea. He participated in mid-1990’s United Nations sanctions enforcement in the Arabian
Gulf, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM’s (OEF) opening Tomahawk salvos in 2001, and Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, the 2004-2005 tsunami
relief effort in Indonesia. In command, he deployed in support of OEF and again in support of SEVENTH Fleet theater security
cooperation (TSC) objectives and other designated missions. He also supported FOURTH Fleet TSC objectives during ANCHORAGE’s transit
from builder’s yard to homeport.
Ashore, Captain Quin served as maritime homeland defense officer in the operations directorate (J-3) of the Joint Staff, as deputy
executive assistant and Flag aide to the commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet, and as combat systems officer (N65) on the staff of the
commander, Naval Surface Forces. He also participated in the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff intern program and served
in the Joint Staff’s systems integration division (J-6V).
Captain Quin’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with three bronze stars), the Expert Rifle Medal, the Expert Pistol Medal, and various other personal and unit decorations.
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