Commander Aaron L. Woolsey

Cmdr. Woolsey, a native of Anaheim, California, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1996. Upon completion of the naval nuclear training pipeline, he served as an engineering laboratory technician aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), where he was selected to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, received his commission, and reported to the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving his Master of Science in C4I Systems Technology in June 2004.

His initial assignments included USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3), deploying in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF); a six-month solo assignment as an Individual Augmentee in the United Arab Emirates as part of embarked security teams supporting Commander, Task Force (CTF) 53; USS Boxer (LHD 4) as assistant navigator, qualifying as a surface warfare officer and deploying in support of OEF/OIF; and USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) as damage control assistant, supporting counter-narcoterrorism operations off the coast of South America.

Following his final deployment, Woolsey exercised his option to become an engineering duty officer (EDO).  After graduating in 2010 from the Naval Postgraduate School studying Applied Physics, he served with Defense Contract Management Agency supporting Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) and the production of the TRIDENT II D5 missile and development of the D5 Life Extension missile. After qualifying as an EDO, Woolsey served with Program Management Office SSP Sunnyvale, California, and led the missile engineering section and launcher division; SSP headquarters as deputy branch head for reentry systems supporting deployed and advance reentry systems programs; and ship integration branch as plans and programs section head supporting the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Columbia-class and United Kingdom Dreadnought-class nuclear-armed ballistic submarine programs.

Woolsey reported as the executive officer and senior course director for the Engineering Duty Officer School, Port Hueneme, California in April 2021.

Woolsey’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Last Updated: 26 October 2021

 
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