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Cmdr. Thomas D. McCandless

Commanding Officer, USS Mitscher (DDG 57)

04 January 2021
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Thomas D. McCandless
Cmdr. Thomas D. McCandless
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Thomas D. McCandless
Cmdr. Thomas D. McCandless
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Thomas D. McCandless
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 201214-N-VH385-9897
 
Commander McCandless is a native of New Mexico, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2003.
 
At sea, he served as Main Propulsion and Communications Division Officer aboard USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50), Fire Control Officer aboard USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101), and Weapons and Combat Systems Officer aboard USS ANZIO (CG 68).  He most recently completed his tour as Executive Officer of USS MITSCHER (DDG 57).
 
His staff assignments include Mobile Security Squadron THREE HVBSS Detachment Five Officer in Charge; U.S. Forces-Iraq Orders Manager; Carrier Strike Group EIGHT Assistant Surface Operations Officer; and U.S. Fleet Forces Command Ballistic Missile Defense and Amphibious asset manager.
 
Commander McCandless received a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  He has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.
 

 
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