– Cmdr. Joseph D. Femino relieved Cmdr. Christopher T. Monroe as the 14th
commanding officer of USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) on April 20.
“I credit the successful accomplishment
of our ship’s mission directly to the hard work and proficiency of
our Sailors. I am continually amazed at the caliber of the men and
women serving in 7th Fleet. I consider it a tremendous honor to have
had the opportunity to serve with the best crew in the Navy,” said
Cmdr. Monroe during his closing remarks on Friday.
During Monroe’s 18 month command tour, Curtis Wilbur played
significant roles in real-world tasking while remaining fully
mission ready. Of note, her international engagements included
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during Operation
Tomodachi in the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake in
March 2011, as well as involvement in several multinational
exercises with the navies of Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia,
Indonesia and the Republic of Korea.
A native of Maine, Monroe has served on five AEGIS cruisers and
destroyers. He holds graduate degrees from the Kellogg Graduate
School of Management and a Masters in National Security and
Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Ashore, he has
previously served as an NROTC Instructor at Northwestern University,
an action officer in the Pentagon (OPNAV N86), and as a Special
Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Operations.
Addressing the crew of the Curtis Wilbur, he said, “Your dedication,
tenacity and innate capability have been incredible to witness and
experience over the last year. Your ability to flex to changes, rise
to challenges and excel at any mission or assessment is truly
unmatched and the cornerstone of every success aboard. It is an
incredible and humbling honor to fleet up today to continue
operating with unwavering excellence at the tip of the spear."
Cmdr. Femino is a native of Beverly, Massachusetts and was
commissioned through the Cornell University NROTC Program. He has
served on frigates, destroyers and as destroyer squadron Operations
Officer in Bahrain participating in combat and reconstruction phases
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Femino commanded the minesweepers USS
Dextrous (MCM 13) and USS Warrior (MCM 10) operating in the 2nd, 3rd
and 5th Fleets. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration
from the University of Rhode Island and is a graduate of the
Argentine Naval War College in Buenos Aires, and the National War
College in Washington, D.C. with a degree in National Strategic
USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class
guided missile destroyers that is forward deployed to Yokosuka,
Japan, as part of Destroyer Squadron 15 in the U.S. 7th Fleet.