Capt. Mike Gunther, a native of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician (surface) (STG) via the Delayed Entry Program in 1983. After completing boot camp at Recruit Training Command San Diego, he attended STG "A" and "C" schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Grantham University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Prior to his commission as a limited duty officer in 1998, he served aboard USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066), USS Princeton (CG 59), and as the leading chief petty officer aboard USS Cowpens (CG 63).
Gunther’s first sea tour as a commissioned officer was aboard USS Klakring (FFG 42) as electronics readiness officer. He laterally transferred to the unrestricted line officer community in 2004, while serving as the weapons officer aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58). He also completed an assignment as weapons officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Gonzalez (DDG 66). He served as executive officer and then commanding officer of USS McFaul (DDG 74), and under his command, the crew completed an eight-month independent deployment to the U.S. 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleets and earned Destroyer Squadron 26’s Battle Efficiency Award. Gunther completed eight deployments during 17 years of sea duty, serving in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.
His shore and staff tours include service as recruiter in charge of Navy Recruiting District Boston; electronics and engineering department head for Special Boat Team 20; concept development, experimentation, and requirements department head at Naval Special Warfare Group 4; action officer for fleet readiness and training at U.S. Fleet Forces Command; sea combat commander training team lead at Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command; training, assessments and standards (N7) assistant chief of staff for Carrier Strike Group 4; and team chief with the joint training, deployable training division on the Joint Staff.
Gunther assumed his duties as commanding officer of Training Support Center Hampton Roads in June 2020.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (nine awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various other unit and service awards.
Last Updated: 21 October 2020