Surface Warfare Officers School Unit Great Lakes, IL
Commander Terrance J. Patterson
United States Navy,
Commanding Officer,
Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes

Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Patterson, a native of Seattle, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986 and promoted through the ranks to chief petty officer prior to being commissioned under the Limited Duty Officer Program in 2000. He graduated from Webster University with a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development.

At sea, he served as a machinist’s mate aboard USS Hepburn (FF 1055); Main Propulsion Division (M-Div) leading petty officer aboard USS Prairie (AD 15); M-Div leading chief petty officer (LCPO) aboard USS Dubuque (LPD 8); Auxiliary Division LCPO aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); damage control assistant and electrical officer aboard USS Coronado (AGF 11); main propulsion assistant aboard USS Ford (FFG 54); chief engineer aboard USS Safeguard (ARS 50); chief engineer aboard USS San Diego (LPD 22); main propulsion assistant and chief engineer aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5); and chief engineer aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4). Patterson completed 12 deployments in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation and was forward deployed for two tours in Sasebo, Japan.

His shore tours include service as officer in charge, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Det. Everett; surface limited duty officer/chief warrant officer engineer detailer, Navy Personnel Command; and officer in charge/director of student management, Training Support Center, Great Lakes.

Patterson assumed command of Surface Warfare Officers School Unit Great Lakes in (MONTH) 2017.

Patterson’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards).

Lieutenant Commander Andre "Michael" Devon Cleveland
Executive Officer,
Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes

Executive Officer

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, he enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1999 where he received initial recruit training in RTC, Great Lakes, Ill. Upon completion he attended Fire Control Technician “A” school with follow on “C” school in San Diego, Calif.

Cleveland served in a variety of enlisted sea assignments to include USS Fife (DD 991) where he completed an Eastern Pacific deployment for Counter-Drug Operations. He then joined the Ballistic Missile Defense team in USS Lake Erie (CG 70) for a Western Pacific deployment before being selected for the STA-21 Officer Commissioning Program.

He attended Miami (OH) University in where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (2007). Cleveland’s other academic achievements include a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University and completion of his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I awarded by the Naval War College (2013).

At sea, he served in several division officer assignments during his initial sea tour including Main Propulsion Division Officer aboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47) while completing a Western Pacific deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Officer-in-Charge of Boat Detachment “A” of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Five where he completed two independent deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, to include Kuwait (2009) and United Arab Emirates (2010). Upon completion of Department Head School, he served as Weapons Officer in USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) where he earned his TAO Qualification and certified for C7F Deployment with John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (2015-2016).

Ashore, he served as Naval Operations Advisor to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Eastern Fleet while attached to U.S. Military Training Mission, Naval Forces Division based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2011-2012). He also served as Current Operations, N31, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE (2012-2014). He was assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff within the Distributed Lethality Task Force (DLTF) serving as the strategic communications lead (2016-2017).

Cleveland’s personal awards include the Joint Commendation Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star), and various unit and campaign awards.

Master Chief Machinist Mate Jose Lardizabal
United States Navy,
Senior Enlisted Advisor,
Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Master Chief Lardizabal enlisted in the navy at Subic Naval Base under the US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty in July 1988. He completed Recruit Training and Seaman Apprenticeship in San Diego, Calif., but later opted to be in the Machinists Mate Rating. He finished Engineering Basics and was promoted to Third Class Petty Officer prior to attending MM Advanced Training School in April 1989 in Great Lakes, Ill.

In August 1989, he reported to his first ship the USS Independence (CV 63). After two years onboard, he left as a Second Class Petty Officer then proceeded to Naval Training Center San Diego to earn his Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC). From the spring of 1992 to fall of 1994, he was onboard USS San Jose (AFS 7) and USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) consecutively and was part of the decommissioning crew who turned both ships over to Military Sealift Command. By the end of 1994, he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer and received orders to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

After his shore tour at Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility (NAVIMFAC) Pearl Harbor in 1997, he reported to the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 62) in San Diego, took her to a five-month Dry-docking Phased Maintenance Availability in Puget Sound, Wash., then sailed her to Yokosuka for a change of homeport. He earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare and Enlisted Aviation Warfare pins during his three and a half year tour onboard this carrier.

Upon reporting to USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in June 2001 to carry out his new orders, he was selected for promotion to Chief Petty Officer and later qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW). In 2003, he transferred to Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Yokosuka where he served as a Ship Superintendent for several ships home ported in Japan.

Following his tour in Yokosuka, he received orders to the USS Essex (LHD 2) where he also qualified as EOOW. Prior to his PCS move to Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast, Pascagoula in the fall of 2009, he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. He became the Senior Enlisted Adviser for SUPSHIP Gulf Coast but chose to go back to sea after 14 months for a three-year billet back to the West Coast.

In February 2011, he reported to USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and became the Mechanical Repair Division (R-2) Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO). He was promoted to Master Chief after a year onboard and became the Repair Department Master Chief until late spring of 2015.

He recently reported to Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes to assume the role as Command Master Chief.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), along with various unit and campaign awards.