Captain Curtis J. Gilbert

Captain Curtis J. Gilbert is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Kansas in December 1986 and was commissioned through NROTC an Ensign in January 1987. He has a Master's Degree in Military Studies from Marine Corps Command and Staff College and is a graduate of Joint Forces Staff College.

Following completion of the Surface Warfare Officer Division Officer's course, Captain Gilbert's varied career includes duties as ASW Module Officer, Division Officer, First Lieutenant, Weapons Officer, Navigator, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. He served sea tours on USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), USS RUSHMORE (LSD-47), USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD-43), USS CYCLONE (PC-1), USS CARTER HALL (LSD-50), and USS OAK HILL (LSD-51). He served as Commanding Officer of USS CYCLONE and USS OAK HILL, and under his command, CYCLONE was the first United States warship to transit the Danube River. His career has seen him make four WESTPAC deployments, two deployments to the MED, deployments to Mogadishu, the Black Sea, and the African coast, and stationed aboard a Forward Deployed Naval Forces ship home ported in Sasebo, Japan.

Shore tours include staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic; staff of the Chief of Naval Operations assigned to OPNAV N70, Warfare Analysis and Integration as the Sea Basing Branch Head; staff of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as the Deputy Division Chief, National Military Command Center (NMCC) Support Division; Commanding Officer of Afloat Training Group Western Pacific; and Assistant Chief of Staff N3 Logistics Group Western Pacific located in Singapore.

Captain Gilbert is currently serving as Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer Naval ROTC Unit at the University of Minnesota.

Captain Gilbert's personal decorations include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of third award), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous unit and expeditionary awards and ribbons.