Engineering Duty Officer School
Captain Thomas A. Trapp
United States Navy
Commanding Officer
Engineering Duty Officers School

Commanding Officer

Captain Tom Trapp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and entered the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

He reported to USS Augusta (SSN-710) and held various engineering and navigation division officer billets. During his junior officer tour, while Augusta was in major overhaul, he cross-decked to the USS San Juan (SSN-751) for arctic expedition ICEX 1-93. In 1995, following his submarine division officer tour, Captain Trapp transferred to the Engineering Duty Officer community and reported to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned the Naval Engineer and Master of Science in mechanical engineering degrees. In 1998, he reported to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Naval Shipyard and served in several project superintendent billets as well as Director, Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department and Submarine Business Operations Officer. Captain Trapp then transferred in 2001 to Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet where he served as the depot maintenance Typedesk Officer and Budget and Schedule Officer. In 2004, Captain Trapp relieved as Commissioned Submarines Projects Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, Connecticut (SUPSHIP Groton) where he oversaw contracted submarine overhauls and submarine design contracts at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division. He then served as Repair Officer at Naval Submarine Support Facility New London from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, Captain Trapp began work toward a doctorate in mechanical engineering at MIT. In June 2013 he reported to SUPSHIP Groton as OHIO Replacement Program and Commissioned Submarines Project Officer. In August 2014, Captain Trapp reported to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was assigned as Information Technology and Cyber Security Officer.

Captain Trapp completed his PhD in mechanical engineering in June 2015. Captain Trapp relieved as the Commanding Officer, Engineering Duty Officer School in Port Hueneme, California in March 2016. Captain Trapp’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various unit and service awards.

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Commander Charles A. Schlise
United States Navy Executive Officer
Engineering Duty Officers School

Executive Officer

Cmdr. Charles “Chuck” Schlise is a native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He joined the Navy via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program and graduated from Marquette University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

At sea, he served aboard USS Kinkaid (DD 965) as communications officer where he earned his Surface Warfare qualification. His follow on tour was as Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Detachment Officer-in-charge (OIC) with Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) located at Camp Pendleton, California. He deployed with USS Boxer (LHD 4) as the LCAC Detachment OIC.

Following this OIC tour, Cmdr. Schlise joined the Engineering Duty Officer community. He attended Naval Postgraduate School and earned a master’s degree in Applied Physics.

Cmdr. Schlise’s shore assignments include project officer, Tactical Data Links Division, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center, San Diego and Missile Defense technical director, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I). He also served as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and DDG-1000, or Zumwalt Class, fleet introduction officer for Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Maintenance and Engineering Department (CNSF N43). Schlise served a tour overseas with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, as reconstruction manager (MNSTC-I J7). Other duties have included being the C4I division head at Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD); assistant program manager for the Command and Control Processor (C2P) and principle assistant program manager for the Maritime Command and Control (MAR C2) Division within the Command and Control Systems Program Office (PMW-150) at PEO C4I & Space Systems.

Cmdr. Schlise’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service, campaign and unit awards.

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