CDR Patrick Funk
Commander Patrick Funk, a native of Lincoln City, Oregon, was commissioned in 1996 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Oregon State University after completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Commander Funk has served in a variety of at-sea billets as a career Surface Warfare Officer with seven deployments to the Arabian Gulf, Western and Southern Pacific theaters. He completed division officer tours in USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994) and USS FORD (FFG 54); Department Head tours in USS RENTZ (FFG 46) as Chief Engineer, and Expeditionary Security Squadron FIVE as Staff Material Officer; and as Executive Officer in USS SAFEGUARD (ARS 50) and USS MOMSEN (DDG 92). Additionally, Commander Funk served as Aide to Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN in Okinawa, Japan, and as Flag Secretary to Commander, Carrier Strike Group SEVEN, embarked in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).
Ashore, Commander Funk’s duties include the staff of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa and Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet as lead operational planner, and most recently at U.S Africa Command, as a lead Strategist and Theater Posture Planner.
Commander Funk’s educational accomplishments include a Master’s Degree in National Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and he is designated as a Joint Operational Planner and Naval Strategist.
He is married to the former Ms. Valerie Widner of Bend, Oregon, and together they have five children.