Capt. John H. Ferguson, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Ferguson’s at-sea tours encompass a broad range of ship classes and duties that include serving as the combat information center officer and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Taylor (FFG 50); operations officer aboard USS Thunderbolt (PC 12); operations officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58); flag secretary for the George Washington Carrier Strike Group; executive officer aboard USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55); and commanding officer aboard USS Truxtun (DDG 103). During his 30 months in command, he led Truxtun through her maiden training cycle and subsequent deployment to the Arabian Gulf. Truxtun also completed a short-notice deployment through the Panama Canal in support of counter narcotics operations and later served as the backdrop for the 2013 motion picture “Captain Phillips.” Ferguson served most recently as the operations officer for the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.
His shore assignments include serving as a seamanship and navigation instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy; deputy director of fleet operations for Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet; and team chief for the Deployable Training Team on the Joint Staff, Joint Force Development (J7).
Ferguson became the 7th commanding officer of the Center for Security Forces on Aug. 9, 2018.
His career awards include the Legion of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit and service awards.
Last Updated: 12 November 2020