CDR Eric Keiser
Commander Eric Keiser, a native of Fremont, Ohio, graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1996 with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Commander Keiser’s initial sea tour was as commissioning crew in USS MCFAUL (DDG 74), where he earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification and served as Electrical Officer and Combat Information Center Officer. His second Division Officer tour was as Navigator in USS THORN (DD 988). Subsequent sea tour was again in USS MCFAUL as both Weapons Control Officer and Combat Systems Officer. As Executive Officer, Commander Keiser served in USS MCINERNEY (FFG 8) and USS DOYLE (FFG 39), decommissioning both platforms in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Commander Keiser’s shore tours include serving as an Officer Instructor at the Aegis Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, as well as Executive Assistant and Instructor for the Chairman of Seamanship and Navigation Department at the United States Naval Academy. Additionally, he completed an individual augmentation to Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, where he mentored the Afghanistan National Army’s 201st Corps Headquarters Staff. Upon completion of his final sea tour, he served as the Deputy for Fleet and Joint Training (N7) Training Assessments at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, VA. Commander Keiser holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from George Washington University, and he currently serves as Executive Officer and Associate Professor of Naval Science for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, University of Virginia.
Commander Keiser’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit citations and campaign awards.