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USS Ponce (LPD-15)

CAPT Christopher K. Wells, USN
Commanding Officer

CAPT Wells is from Colquitt, Georgia. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 1996.

His initial sea duty assignment was with MCM ROTATIONAL CREW ECHO aboard USS CHIEF (MCM 14) and USS ARDENT (MCM 12) as DCA, First Lieutenant, Electrical Officer, and Auxiliaries Officer. Subsequent assignments at sea include USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) as Fire Control and Force Protection Officer, USS TARAWA (LHA-1) as Combat Systems and Force Protection Officer, DESTROYER SQUADRON FIFTEEN as Weapons and Force Protection Officer, and SEVENTH FLEET staff as Fleet Training and TLAM Officer.

CAPT Wells served as the Executive Officer of USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) from 2012-2013 before fleeting-up to Commanding Officer from 2013-2014. His most recent assignment was N3 on the EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP TWO staff.

Ashore, CAPT Wells attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he received an M.S. in Systems Engineering and Analysis and completed JPME Phase 1. CAPT Wells also served with the JOINT IED DEFEAT ORGANIZATION as an Operations Research/Systems Analyst and Initiative Evaluations Branch Chief responsible for assessing Counter-IED equipment, tactics, techniques, and procedures.

CAPT Wells has various personal and unit awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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