A native of Spearfish, South Dakota, Cmdr. Jedediah Kloppel graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Social Behavioral Sciences. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Defense and Strategic Studies.
His operational tours include serving as communications officer aboard USS Portland (LSD 37) and USS Ponce (LPD 15); weapons officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106); current operations officer for commander, Carrier Strike Group 8; commissioning executive officer of USS Manchester (LCS-14); and executive officer of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) Blue Crew.
Ashore, Kloppel served as the navy liaison and naval gunfire liaison officer for II Marine Expeditionary Force (CG II MEF). During his tour at Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron 2 (MCAS 2), he was attached to Sea, Air and Land Team 8 (ST-8) as civil affairs officer and future operations officer. He also served as a missile defense policy analyst for United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).
His current assignment is commanding officer of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) Blue Crew.
Kloppel’s personal awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and unit awards.
A native of Southern New Jersey, Cmdr. Edison Rush graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.
Afloat, Rush completed his division officer tours aboard USS Ogden (LPD 5) as the main propulsion officer and USS Decatur (DDG 73) as the navigator. For his department head tour, he was the operations officer and officer in charge for PCU San Diego (LPD 22). He served as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of MCM Rotational Crew Swerve aboard USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Devastator (MCM 6), and USS Champion (MCM 4). His afloat tour deployments included tours in the Western Pacific, and operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Operation Unified Response.
Ashore, Rush was a plank owner of the Naval Leadership & Ethics Center (NLEC) and served as an instructor in Newport, RI.
Rush is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Business Administration. Also, Rush is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s Advanced Strategist Program with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His current assignment is executive officer of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20).
Rush’s personal awards and decorations include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign and unit awards.
Command Master Chief Robles, a native of Dallas, Texas, enlisted in the United States Navvy in November 1996. Following basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Engineering Common Core School.
Robles’ previous sea duty assignments include duty on USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Enterprise 65), USSP1inceton (CG 59), Special Boat Team 12, and USS Boxer (LHD 4). During these tours, he completed multiple deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Gulf, and Western Pacific areas of operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.
Ashore, he has served at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Mayport, Afloat Training Group San Diego, and Littoral Combatant Ship Crew 219 Pre-Commission Detachment. Robles is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 206), Command Master Chief Capstone course (Class 182), and Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
His current assignment is command master chief of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20).
Robles’ personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (two awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards) and various service and campaign awards.
Cmdr. Kurt Braeckel was born in Dillon, South Carolina and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was commissioned upon graduation from Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering degree in 1999. He also earned a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Cmdr. Braeckel’s sea tours include: communications division officer on USS Vincennes (CG 49) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan; machinery division officer on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) where he completed his qualification as nuclear engineering officer in March 2004; operations officer on USS Curts (FFG 38) deployed with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group to the Arabian Gulf; and reactor electrical assistant on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completing two major shipyard availabilities and an Arabian Gulf deployment. He was previously the executive officer of Littoral Combat Ship Crew 214.
Additionally, he served as commanding officer of Patrol Coastal Crew Golf where he and his crew deployed on USS Whirlwind (PC 11), supporting Commander Task Force 158 in the Northern Arabian Gulf. His crew was awarded the Patrol Coastal Squadron One Battle Efficiency Award for 2010.
Cmdr. Braeckel’s shore tours include instructor duty at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, and deputy director of mine warfare training and assessment at Naval Mine and ASW Command (NMAWC) in San Diego.
His current assignment is commanding officer of PCU Cincinnati (LCS 20).
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).
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