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Cmdr. Christopher W. Petro

Executive Officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)

15 December 2020
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Christopher W. Petro
Cmdr. Christopher W. Petro
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Christopher W. Petro
Cmdr. Christopher W. Petro
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Christopher W. Petro
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 201215-N-OW182-0002
 Commander Christopher W. Petro is a native of Fort Worth, Texas.  He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1993, completing basic training in Orlando, Fla.  He served as a Machinist’s Mate in USS Asheville (SSN 758) in San Diego, Calif. from 1994 to 1999.  In 1999, he was selected into the Seaman to Admiral Program, graduating from the University of San Diego in 2002, with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  He completed Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL in 2003.  
 
Sea duty includes service on USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in Mayport, Fla. from 2003 to 2006 - Division Officer tours consisted of 1st LT, Auxiliaries Officer and Weapons Officer.  Additionally, he served as a Boarding Officer during multiple Arabian Gulf deployments.  He served on USS Chosin (CG 65) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 2011 to 2013 - Department Head tours consisted of Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer.  He was selected for Early Command in 2013, serving as Executive Officer of MCM Crew Dominant on USS Gladiator (MCM 11) and USS Champion (MCM 4) from 2013 to 2015.  He served as Commanding Officer of MCM Crew Dominant on USS Champion (MCM 4) from Jan. 2015 until June 2016.  He served as Commanding Officer of USS Chosin (CG 65) from July 2016 until June 2019 and Commanding Officer of USS Cape St. George (CG 71) from April 2018 to June 2018. 
 
Shore duty includes selection to the Surface Warfare Officer MBA program in 2006, graduating from the University of California, San Diego’s Rady School of Management in 2008.  He served as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officer’s School in Newport, RI from 2008 to 2010.
 
His personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various unit and campaign awards.


 
 
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