Cmdr. Rich C. Eytel

Commanding Officer, USS Stout (DDG 55)

28 January 2021

Studio portrait of Cmdr. Rich C. Eytel
Cmdr. Rich C. Eytel
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Rich C. Eytel
Cmdr. Rich C. Eytel
Studio portrait of Cmdr. Rich C. Eytel
Photo By: MC2 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 210128-N-OW182-0001

Cmdr. Rich Eytel is a native of West Orange, New Jersey, and a 2003 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned his commission and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics. He also holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Navy War College.

Eytel’s sea duty assignments include: Division Officer tours as Damage Control Assistant aboard USS Nicholas (FFG 47) and Navigator aboard USS Monterey (CG 61); Operations Officer aboard USS Gonzalez (DDG 66); Operations Officer Destroyer Squadron 22; Executive Officer USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); and most recently, he assumed command of USS Stout (DDG 55).

Ashore, Eytel’s assignments include Seamanship and Navigation Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy; Action Officer on the OPNAV N3N5 staff; and Deputy Fleet Scheduler at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Eytel’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards

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