Captain Jeremy L. Carlson

Chief of Staff, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven

Capt. Jeremy L. Carlson is a native of Shafer, Minnesota. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1999 as an Aegis fire controlman and received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 2001. He holds a Masters of Arts in Management, specializing in Organizational Leadership through National University, and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, specializing in Naval Strategy through the United States Naval War College.

Afloat, Carlson served his division officer tours onboard USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) as damage control assistant and onboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) as fire control officer. As a division officer he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Gulf. As a department head he served onboard USS Lassen (DDG 82) as weapons officer and combat systems officer operating as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces at Yokosuka, Japan. Carlson served as the executive officer and then fleeted up to commanding officer of USS Benfold (DDG 65), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. In command, he conducted competition operations throughout the Indo-Pacific and was awarded the 2021 Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Battle Effectiveness “Battle E” award.

Ashore, he was assigned to the University of New Mexico, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps as an assistant professor of naval science. He served in Bahrain on the Naval Central Command Fifth Fleet staff as the deputy director, Integrated Air and Missile Defense. Additionally, he supported United States Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command Integrated Missile Defense as integrated missile defense watch commander and cyber operations planner.

In his current assignment, he is chief of staff and was previously the operations officer for commander, Amphibious Forces Seventh Fleet, in Okinawa, Japan. During this tour, Carlson led the merger of Task Force 76 and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade into Task Force 76/3, implementing the Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of Marine Corps vision of naval integration.

His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and service awards.