Captain Joseph A. Baggett
Maritime Operation Center Director, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Capt. Baggett enlisted in the Navy in February of 1993. After serving on the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) for a period of four years he applied for, and was accepted, to the Seaman to Admiral commissioning program and received his commission in May of 1998. A 2005 graduate of Old Dominion University, Captain Baggett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science. He is originally from Wilmington, NC.
A career surface warfare officer, Captain Baggett’s shipboard assignments include: USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) as Damage Control Assistant, USS STOUT (DDG 55) as Fire Control Officer and Force Protection Officer, USS Barry (DDG 52) as Engineering Officer, and then USS ANZIO (CG 68) to again serve as Engineering Officer. After screening for command, CAPT Baggett served as Commanding Officer of USS TRUXTUN (DDG 103) and Commanding Officer of USS MONTEREY (CG 61). Ashore, CAPT Baggett served on the staff of COMUSNAVCENT/ C5F in Bahrain as lead Exercise planner in the Future Plans Center; Lead Requirements Officer for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Warfare Mission Package on the CNO’s staff at OPNAV and, as Operations Officer for the Deployable Training Division on the Joint Staff - J7 branch. Currently he is serving as the Chief of Staff for COMUSNAVCENT/C5F.
Capt. Baggett’s personal decorations include, (Two) Legion of Merits, (One) Joint Meritorious Service Medals, (Two) Defense Meritorious Service Medal, (Three) Meritorious Service Medals, (Five) Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals, (Five) Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals and multiple unit commendations.