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Commander Rafael A. Miranda
Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy

Commanding Officer

Commander Rafi Miranda was born in San Jose, California. A 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he received his commission as an ensign. In 2008, he earned his Master in Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Upon commissioning, Miranda served as the First and Second Deck Division officer (1998-2000) onboard the San Diego based USS Juneau (LPD 10), where he partook in the historic crew swap with USS Dubuque (LPD 8) in Sasebo, Japan. Upon completion of that tour he reported to the USS Curts (FFG 38) as the auxiliaries officer (2000-2001) and deployed in support of the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. Miranda lateral transferred to the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) in 2001.

Miranda’s assignments have included assistant resident officer in charge of construction, Naval Station Bremerton (2002-2003); bravo company commander at Amphibious Construction Battalion Two (2003-2005), where he deployed to Puerto Castilla, Honduras in support of Operation New Horizons, a Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore exercise with the Army; production division director, Public Works Department Sigonella, Sicily (2005-2007); training officer and air detachment officer-in-charge, U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four (2008-2010), where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; and the current operations officer (N33) / future operations officer (N35), First Naval Construction Division, Virginia Beach, Va. (2010- 2012).

He more recently completed an assignment as the public works officer, Public Works Department, NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. (2012-2014), a tour at the Pentagon (OPNAV) as the Expeditionary Readiness Branch Head (OPNAV N434) for the Chief of Naval Operations (2014-2016), and served as the Executive Officer and Public Works Officer at NSF Redzikowo, Poland (2016-2017).

Miranda is a registered professional engineer in the state of North Carolina, a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare and Surface Warfare Officer. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various Campaign and Unit Awards.

Lieutenant Commander Greg C. Kirk
Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy

Executive Officer

LCDR Greg Kirk is a native of Manahawkin, N.J. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. He was commissioned in August 2002 upon completion of Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.

LCDR Kirk’s first duty assignment was Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) Four in Port Hueneme, Calif., where, during multiple deployments, he served various positions including Air Detachment Assistant Officer in Charge and Camp Moreell Officer in Charge. Following a successful NMCB tour, he transferred to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) Two Zero Two Detachment Washington, DC, as Officer in Charge in 2005.

In 2007, he reported to Public Works Department (PWD) Washington, DC, where he served as the Assistant Public Works Officer for the National Maritime Intelligence Center and later as the PWD Production Officer. His next assignment was Public Works Department Kingsville, Texas, as the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) Director. During this tour, he volunteered for an eight month Individual Augment (IA) assignment to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti as the FEAD Director.

In 2013, he was assigned to USSTRATCOM as member of the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) in Omaha, Neb., where he served as the Chief Current Operations Officer. LCDR Kirk as served as the Executive Officer of the Naval Construction Training Center, Port Hueneme since July 2016.

LCDR Kirk’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards. He is a designated Seabee Combat Warfare Officer and Naval Aviation Observer; a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas; and a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Corps.