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Commander Leighton J. Pitre
United States Navy
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Commander Leighton "Pete" Pitre is a native of Cut Off, La. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds his Masters of Business Administration in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Commander Pitre completed multiple sea tours consisting of five patrols on USS West Virginia (SSBN735)(Gold) as Electrical Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant, Communicator, and Quality Assurance Officer, multiple Pacific deployments as the Combat Systems Officer onboard USS Helena (SSN725), and multiple operational periods as the Executive Officer onboard USS Ohio (SSGN726)(Blue). His Executive Officer tour concluded with the ship being awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" Award for Commander, Submarine Squadron Nineteen (CSS-19) in 2012.

Commander Pitre's shore duties include serving as the 7th Company Officer at the United States Naval Academy, as an Action Officer for the Director, Operations Directorate (DJ-3), Joint Staff. While on the Joint Staff, he served as the Maritime Reconnaissance Officer for the Deputy Director, Reconnaissance Operations Division (J-39 ROD), as the Nuclear Command and Control Staff Assessment Visit OIC for the Deputy Director, Strategic Operations Division (J-39 STOD), and as Executive Assistant for the Deputy Director, Command, Control, and Nuclear Operations (J-36 DDC2NO).

Most recently, he reported as the Professional Programs and Career Development Officer, N1/N10 for Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic. While on staff, he was selected to oversee the development, implementation, and execution of the Submarine Force's Force Improvement and Operational Safety (FIOS) Program.

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards).

Commander Pitre relieved as Commanding Officer, Submarine Learning Facility, Norfolk, in June 2016.


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Lieutenant Commander Greg Edwards
United States Navy
Executive Officer

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander Greg Edwards is a native of Arlington, Texas. Upon graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S in Electrical Engineering, he was commissioned via the Enlisted Commissioning Program in August 2003.

After completing nuclear power and submarine officer training in February 2005, he reported aboard the USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740), in Kings Bay, Ga., where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols and served as the Electrical Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Tactical Systems Officer.

In January 2008 he was assigned to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and earned his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in December 2009

Completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in June 2010, he reported to the USS Albany (SSN 753), in Norfolk, Va., as the Navigator/Operations Officer and served from 2010 to 2013, completing one EUCOM deployment.

From May 2013 to January 2016, LCDR Edwards served as the Submarine Learning Facility’s Tactics Director.

In February 2016, he reported to the PCU Delaware (SSN 791), where he served as the forward department head for initial manning.

LCDR Edwards reported to Submarine Learning Facility Norfolk, Va., in June 2017.

LCDR Edwards’ awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and other campaign and service awards.


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MMNCM (SW) Cynthia Huratiak
United States Navy
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Cynthia M. Huratiak, a native of Calexico, California, enlisted in the Navy in April 1997. Following basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, she completed Nuclear Field Machinist’s Mate “A” School and Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Orlando, Florida. She then finished the nuclear power training pipeline at Nuclear Prototype Training Unit, Goose Creek, South Carolina.

At sea, she served aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a refueling and complex overhaul; USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as initial manning and for the ship’s commissioning and homeport change to San Diego, California; USS Enterprise (CVN 65), completing a rigorous maintenance period, workups and deployment; USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) for pre-commissioning duty, where she was selected for advancement to chief petty officer in 2007; and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), serving as the reactor propulsion leading chief petty officer and reactor training division officer, while completing two deployments.

Her shore tours include administrative support at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Virginia; instructor duty at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Nuclear Field “A” School, where she was selected for advancement to senior chief petty officer; and Women in Nuclear Power coordinator at Submarine Learning Facility, Norfolk.

Huratiak reported as command master chief for Submarine Learning Facility, Norfolk in June 2017.

The 2013 recipient of the Master Chief Anna Der Vartanian Leadership Award, her decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit and campaign awards.


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