Commandar Michael Mullen, USN
U.S. Navy Chair and Assistant Professor
Department of War and Conflict Studies
• B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
• M.A., Economics, California State University, Long Beach
Commander Michael Mullen is a native Californian and was graduated (cum laude) from University of California, Los Angeles. He was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.
His first assignment was abord the USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) as Damage Control Assistant and Combat Information Center Officer, participating in its homeport shift from Long Beach, Calif., to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and completing two Western Pacific Deployments.
CDR Mullen’s first assignment as a department head was as Operations Officer aboard the USS CURTS (FFG 38) in San Diego, Calif., where he completed a CARAT Cruise. He was then ordered aboard the USS COWPENS (CG 63) as Operations Officer, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, where he participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His third department head tour was as Assistant Combat Direction Center Officer aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), participating in SUMMER PULSE 04 during the ship’s move from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif..
CDR Mullen returned to the USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) as Executive Officer where he completed a Horn of Africa Anti-Piracy Deployment and earned the BATTLE EFFICIENCY Award from Destroyer Squadron THREE ONE.
Ashore, CDR Mullen served as an Officer Recruiter in Albuquerque, N.M. He also worked on staff at Chief of Naval Operations in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N86), serving as Requirements Officer for Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization and DDG 51 New Construction. He then assumed command of the Navy Operational Support Center in Richmond, Va..
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).