Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 22

15 March 2022

Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then
Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then
Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then
Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then
Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then
Photo By: MC1 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 220315-N-OW182-0002
CAPT Milciades A. Then, Tony, was a native of Santo Domingo, DR, and moved to Miami, FL where he graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School.  He joined the Navy as a non-rated fireman in 1991. After boot camp and apprentice training, he reported on board the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) as part of Auxiliaries Division.  He was selected to the Broadened Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program, and subsequently to the U.S. Naval Academy.
     CAPT Then graduated from the Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He served as the ASW Officer on board the USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71) and Auxiliaries/Electrical Officer on board the USS WADSWORTH (FFG 9). He served shore duty as an Admissions Officer at the Naval Academy where he was deployed, as an Individual Augmentee, to Bogotá, Colombia as part of 1st and 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group.  He served his first Department Head tour as Chief Engineer on board DONALD COOK (DDG 75). He was selected for early command and served as Commanding Officer PC CREW LIMA, deploying on USS SIROCCO (PC 6) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     After command, he served as Flag Secretary and Aide to Commander Naval Surface Forces, US Pacific Fleet. CAPT Then reported to US Joint Forces Command J7, later Joint Staff J7, to complete his joint tour.  During his tour he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the joint training liaison to the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) where he was responsible, to the commander, for the coordination of joint training for staff deploying to theater.  While in Kabul, he also advised the Afghan Ground Forces Command (GFC) staff’s director of training.
He was selected for commander command, XO/CO fleet up, and served on board USS MITSCHER (DDG 57). While on MITSCHER, he deployed to the 5th and 6th Fleet AOR on a BMD deployment, and integrated into the CARL VINSON Strike Group.  While in command, MIT was awarded the Battle E two years running. After command, He reported to COMSEVENTHFLT and served as the Current Operations Officer and assistant Maritime Operations Center (MOC) Director.  His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Branch Head for Officers Plans and Policy, OPNAV N131. He reported to Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Two as Deputy Commodore in October 2020 and took Command in December 2021.
     CAPT Then holds a Master of Science degree from The George Washington University in Engineering Management and a Master or Arts from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also completed the Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and II. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and Navy Achievement Medal.

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