Captain Andrew F. Carlson
Maritime Operation Center Director, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Captain Andrew F. Carlson, a native of the Chicago, IL, suburb of Romeoville, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 1995 from the U. S. Naval Academy.
A career surface warfare officer, Captain Carlson has served in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, as well as Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Bahrain and Europe. He commanded the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76), and the coastal minehunter crew Endurance, embarking in USS Heron (MHC 52), USS Cardinal (MHC 60), and USS Cormorant (MHC 57). Shipboard assignments also include USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous (MCM 13), and USS Normandy (CG 60).
Ashore, Captain Carlson served as the first commanding officer of the U.S. Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Romania, establishing the Navy’s first land-based ballistic missile defense capability for Europe. His staff assignments include service as Chief, Posture Planning and Theater Integration Branch in the Policy, Strategy, and Partnering Directorate (ECJ5/J8) of Headquarters, U.S. European Command, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Aegis and Ballistic Missile Defense for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
Carlson studied at the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering and a diploma from the Naval College of Command and Staff, later completing Joint Professional Military Education at Joint Forces Staff College. He holds Navy subspecialties in Space Systems Engineering and National Security, and is a joint specialty officer. Prior to his current assignment, Carlson served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. FIFTH Fleet.
Carlson is proud to wear the Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendations, and Battle Efficiency Awards for service at sea and ashore with his shipmates.