Capt. John D. Wilshusen
U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Chief of Staff
Capt. Wilshusen is a native of Mora, Missouri. He enlisted in the Navy in 1984 as a Machinist’s Mate in the Nuclear Power program. Following nuclear training, he reported to USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) Gold Crew, homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. In August 1986, he transferred to the University of Missouri-Columbia NROTC Unit, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and was commissioned in August 1990. He received a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning) from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and a Master of Science in Defense Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College Advanced Joint Professional Military Education curriculum.
Sea assignments include Missiles Officer, Damage Control Assistant, Repair Officer, and Navigation/Admin Officer in USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974); Military Detachment Officer-in-Charge on USNS Big Horn (TAO-198); Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51); Executive Officer in USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19); and Chief Staff Officer of Destroyer Squadron FOUR ZERO. As Commanding Officer of USS Ford (FFG 54), he participated in deployments to 7th Fleet with the CARAT Task Group, and to the Eastern Pacific for TEAMWORK SOUTH and counter-narcotic duties with JIATF-South.
Ashore, Capt. Wilshusen has served as Commanding Officer, Training Support Center, San Diego, Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Center Syracuse, New York; Strategic Communications, Navigation and Manpower Branch Head in OPNAV N86 (Surface Warfare); and Navy Strategic Planner and Executive Assistant to the Assistants to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters.
Capt. Wilshusen’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign, unit and service awards.