Captain Ed Cashman was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. He is a 1987 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1988 and completed Nuclear Power training in 1989.
His assignments at sea include Main Propulsion Assistant in USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41), Operations Officer in USS MERRILL (DD 976), Main Propulsion Assistant in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), and Executive Officer in USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50). Captain Cashman commanded USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) in 2006 – 2007 operating from Yokosuka, Japan. Following command he served as Surface Operations Officer for Commander Carrier Strike Group THREE and deployed to the Western Pacific with the JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Strike Group.
Ashore, Captain Cashman served as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, as a member of the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, in the Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) directorate of the Joint Staff and on the staff of Commander, U.S. Navy Central Command as Future Operations Officer.
Captain Cashman’s most recent assignment was as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 50, forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain. He reported as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command as Chief of Staff in July 2012.
Captain Cashman has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a M.A. in National Security Studies from the Naval War College.