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Cmdr. Edward J. Pledger

Commanding Officer

16 September 2020

Cmdr. Ted Pledger, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG  67), poses for a studio portrait.
Cmdr. Ted Pledger Official Portrait
Cmdr. Ted Pledger, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG  67), poses for a studio portrait.
Cmdr. Ted Pledger Official Portrait
Cmdr. Ted Pledger, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), poses for a studio portrait. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Milham/Released)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 200917-N-OW182-0002
Cmdr. Edward J. Pledger graduated in 2000 from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in history. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the University of Mississippi where he earned a Master’s in business administration.

His assignments at sea include tours aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Chafee (DDG 90), and USS Decauter (DDG 73). He served as the executive officer of MCM Crew Exultant and subsequently as commanding officer where he commanded USS Warrior (MCM 10), USS Dextrous (MCM 13) and USS Chief (MCM 14). He also served as commanding officer of MCM Crew Spartan where he commanded USS Champion (MCM 4) and USS Sentry (MCM 3). He most recently served as the executive officer of USS Cole (DDG 67).

Ashore, Cmdr. Pledger served in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs as the executive assistant to the Chief of Legislative Affairs as well as the readiness programs liaison. He also served as an Instructor of Naval Science at the University of Mississippi NROTC unit.

Cmdr. Pledger’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


 
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