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USS Carter Hall (LSD-50)

CDR. Damon K. Amaral

CDR Amaral was born and raised in Conventry, Rhode Island. He attended Basic Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC), Nuclear Field Electronics Technician (ET) ĎAí School, and Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL from 1990-1991. He was awarded a four year NROTC scholarship to attend Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he graduated and received his commission in 1995.

His first tour of duty was aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), where he served as 1st Division Officer and later, COMSEC Material (CMS) Custodian. In 1997, CDR Amaral reported to the USS WASP (LHD-1) where he served as the Auxiliaries Officer (AUXO).

In 2002, CDR Amaral reported to USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50) as the Operations Officer and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as the Operations Officer (N3) for Commander, Amphibious Squadron TWO (COMPHIBRON TWO). In November 2009, he returned to USS CARTER HALL to serve as Executive Officer as part of XO/CO fleet up.

CDR Amaralís tours ashore include Administration Officer to the Surface Warfare Officerís School (SWOS) Department Head Course and Action Officer to Commander, North American Air Defense (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). While assigned to SWOS, he obtained a Masterís Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and also attended the Navy War College following his Department Head tours where he obtained a Masterís Degree in Strategic Studies.

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