Commander Kevin HaganCommanding Officer 

CDR Kevin Hagan is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and was commissioned at the United States Naval Academy in May 2003. He holds a Masters in Information Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He first served aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), homeported in San Diego, CA as the Interior Communications Division Officer and completed a deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION UNIFIED ASSISTANCE and IRAQI FREEDOM. He also completed a Division Officer tour at Destroyer Squadron Two Six (CDS 26) in Norfolk, VA as the Assistant Operations Officer. During this tour, CDS 26 led several major exercises, including BALTOPS 2006 and NEPTUNE WARRIOR 06-3.

He also served aboard USS Ramage (DDG 61) in Norfolk, VA as the Operations Officer, completing a EUCOM deployment in support of Ballistic Missile Defense operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Following Ramage, he served in USS Gettysburg (CG 64) in Mayport, FL as Operations Officer and the Air and Missile Defense Liaison to Carrier Strike Group Ten, embarked in USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75). He completed a Strike Group deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

He most recently served as Executive Officer in USS San Antonio (LPD 17).

His shore tours include Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI, where he served as an ASAT and Shiphandling instructor, and Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN as Surface Officer Metrics for PERS-41 and Surface Warfare Officer Community Manager at BUPERS-3. Additionally, he was assigned to the Joint Staff in the J5 Deputy Directorate for Asia as the Korea Desk Officer.

He has received several decorations and awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.

He and his wife, Lynze, have one daughter and two sons.

Commander Eric TurnerExecutive Officer

LCDR Eric D. Turner is native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Saint Leo University with a degree in Accounting. He was a Naval Limited Duty Officer (6180) and later converted to Unrestricted Line Surface Warfare Officer (1110).  In December 2016, he screened for Commander Command Afloat and later slated to LCS Crew 121 (ST. LOUIS BLUE).

From September to current, he serves as the PCU ST. LOUIS (LCS 19) Executive Officer.

From September 2017 to January 2019, he served as N6 at COMLCSRON TWO.  Responsible for the establishment, growth and operations of all C4I, Combat Systems and Networks for LCSRON TWO, assigned LCS crews and seaframes.

From December 2014 to August 2016, he served as N554 at COMPACFLT.  He was assigned Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), Homeland Defense, and Pandemic and Emerging Infectious Diseases (PEID). He coordinated and organized COMPACFLT’s N-55 participation in Northwest Pacific Wargame; Strengthened relations and war-fighting collaboration with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, SEVENTH FLEET and NAVAL FORCES JAPAN. Proved the planning concept of “Task Force Homeland” working operationally as a COMPACFLT LNO to USARPAC during Vigilant Guard-15. During his assignment at COMPACFLT, he served on a 9 month IA to CTF-51, Bahrain, where he conducted multiple exercises as the N5.

From August 2011 to October 2014, he served as the Weapons Officer and then fleeted up as the Combat Systems Officer onboard USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58).  Responsible for 6 divisions, all ship’s electronic equipment, load-out and safety of ordnance, and the training of junior officers as the Senior Watch Officer (SWO). During this tour, he deployed to the 5th and 6th fleet AOR twice, tested and proved the performance of the HE-MFF round, participated in the burial-at-sea of Astronaut Neil Armstrong, completed Command Qualification, and was the TAO for the TLAM strike on ISIS in Sep 2014.

From May 2009 to October 2010, he served as N6 at FFG Classron. During this tour he was responsible for all C4I systems for the FFG class and was the INSURV coordinator for Mayport and Norfolk based Frigates.

From August 2009 to April 2010 he served in J3C Interoperability at USCENTCOM serving on a 9 month IA. During this tour, he coordinated FMS and planned, composed and maintained the Regional Security Architecture (RSA) database.

From April 2007 to April 2009  he served as the Electronics Material Officer (EMO) and Systems Test Officer (STO) onboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93).  Responsible for 4 workcenters, all ship’s electronic equipment; as well as, hardware, software, alignment and testing for the AEGIS Weapon System. During this tour, he deployed twice  to 7th and 5th fleet, conducted oil platform defense in the North Arabian Gulf and operations in the South China Sea.

From September 2003 to November 2006  he served as the Electronics Material Officer (EMO) onboard USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37). Responsible for 4 workcenters and all ship’s electronic equipment. During the 2004 counter-drug operations deployment, the command in partnership with a U.S. Coast Guard detachment seized a combined value of one billion dollars’ worth of narcotics. On the 2006 deployment, the ship participated in CARAT, where it built relations with pacific countries.

From September 2000 to August 2003 he served at Service School Command, Great Lakes. As a Chief Fire Controlman, in the Electronics Division, he led as an instructor at the Fire Controlman “A” School and then as the Admin Officer where he maintained staff and student records in all aspects of training and professional development.

From February 1998 to September 2000 he served as Work Center Supervisor and LPO in Weapons Division onboard USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20). He maintained and operated the Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems and led the division in all ordnance and force protection matters.

From January 1996 to December 1997 he served at Fleet Training Center Norfolk. For this tour, he was honored with the selection as an EEAP student. He completed his Associate of Arts Degree with a 4.0 and only lacked five classes at the end of his tour to reach his Bachelor’s Degree.

From December 1994 to December 1995 he served at Fleet Training Center Atlantic, Dam Neck. He was assigned as an instructor for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System “C” School where he taught advanced electronics, RADAR, electro-mechanical systems, cooling systems and hydraulic systems.

From November 1991 to November 1994,  he served onboard USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51). He was responsible as the work center supervisor to maintain and operate the Phalanx Close-In Weapons System to provide ship’s self-defense on deployments 2-92 and 2-94.

CDR Turner’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (7), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (4), Joint Service Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency (5), Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), NATO Medal(2), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy Rifle Expert and Navy Pistol Expert.

He lives in Saint Johns, FL with his wife Stacie, also active duty Navy, and their youngest son Cameron, 20.  Their oldest son, Aaron, 26, is married and lives in TN.

Senior Chief Petty OfficerBrandon EllisonCommand Enlisted Leader

Command Senior Chief Brandon Ellison enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 25 August 1998.  Upon completion of basic training, he reported to Hospital Corpsman “A” school, Great Lakes, Illinois.  After graduation he reported to Field Medical Service School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and attended Field Medical Service Technician “C” School.

In May of 1999, he reported to his first duty station, 2d Medical Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune.  There he held multiple positions, attended numerous courses, and deployed to both Greece and Norway in support of unit exercises.

In 2002, he transferred to the Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI), Pensacola, Florida where he was assigned to the N3 and participated in the development, review and evaluation of the HSV 2 SWIFT, Army’s Flight Medic programs, and the Navy Medical Lessons Learned System in addition to supporting JTF KATRINA hurricane relief efforts.

In October 2005, Petty Officer Ellison reported to 2d Marine Air Wing (MAW), Cherry Point, North Carolina where he deployed twice ISO OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 and Marine Air Group 14; after he was reassigned to the 2d MAW HQ Staff as the Medical Plans Chief until his selection for CPO in 2008.  After selection, he was assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Marine Air Wing Combined Medical Clinic.

In 2009, Chief Ellison volunteered for a Individual Augmentation billet and deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as part of a Security Force Advisor Team with NATO Training Mission Afghanistan and the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division to Regional Command North, Afghanistan.  Upon completion of his IA tour, Chief Ellison transferred to 2d Marine Logistics Group and was assigned to the Headquarters as the Chief, G-1, Navy Personnel Officer & Manpower Chief.  While assigned, he deployed to Regional Command South West in support of OEF with Commbat Logistics Regiment 2.

Chief Ellison was selected for special duty as a Command Climate Specialist, and was assigned to the Pre-commisioning Unit GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78).  Onboard the FORD, he was promoted to Senior Chief and assigned as the Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer.  Senior Chief Ellison was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program in February of 2019 and was assigned as the CMDCS of USS ST LOUIS BLUE in July 2019.

Senior Chief Ellison is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy Class 207 Red and Command Master Chief/COB Course 202. He has earned an Associate of Science degree Thomas Edison State University.

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendations Medal (4 gold stars), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal gold star, and numerous individual campaign and unit awards.