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USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)



CAPT. Daniel P. Dusek

CAPT Daniel Dusek is a native of Waldport, Oregon. He earned a bachelorís 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 Collegeís 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 Dusekís most recent assignment was as Executive Officer on the USS ESSEX (LHD 2) forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan in May 2011. In April 2012 CAPT Dusek assumed the role of Executive Officer of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after completing a hull swap. In June he fleeted up to Commanding Officer.

CAPT Dusekís awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards).
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