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Captain Michael T. Spencer

Maritime Operation Center Director, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Captain Michael T. Spencer

Maritime Operations Center Director,

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Captain Mike Spencer is a 1993 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering.  He also holds a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

His operational sea assignments include:  Fighter Squadron 211 as legal officer and assistant operations officer, Carrier Air Wing ONE as strike operations officer, and Fighter Squadron 213 as safety, quality assurance, maintenance and operations officer.  CAPT Spencer held squadron command with the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron 102 and major command with team Barbwire of Carrier Air Wing 11.

Shore and staff billet assignments include: Fighter Squadron 101, the F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as the Schedules Officer, VIP Coordinator and Strike Phase Head; NORAD/USNORTHCOM as the Command Center Maritime Domain Chief; and the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations under the Director of Programming (N80) responsible for the program and budget analysis of all Navy TACAIR programs to include the Joint Strike Fighter, FA-18E/F, and EA-18G.  He assumed duties as Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in June 2019.

Captain Spencer’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Strike Flight Air Medal (5), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Navy Achievement Medal as well as various unit and campaign awards.  He has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and 1,100 carrier-arrested landings.