Commander Chris Purcell


A Saint Louis native, Commander Purcell graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2000 with a Bachelor's of Science in General Engineering. He commenced flight training in Pensacola, Florida and received his Naval Flight Officer wings in February 2002 at Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas.

In October 2002, Commander Purcell reported to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. While assigned to the ''War Eagles'' he served as the NATOPS Division Officer, and qualified Mission Commander and Instructor Naval Flight Officer. He deployed to Sicily and Crete in support of operations DELIBERATE FORGE and NOBLE EAGLE and to Bahrain and Djibouti in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He surged to Curacao, Northern Antilles and flew missions in support of Joint Task Force Haiti.

In February 2006, Commander Purcell reported to United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as the Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command, and transferred to United States Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain where he continued to serve as the Aide to the Commander, United States Naval Forces Central Command, Commander United States FIFTH Fleet, and Commander Maritime Forces Central. During this tour he completed phase one of the Joint Professional Military Education continuum.

In March 2008, Commander Purcell reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in Norfolk, Virginia for duty as the Assistant Navigator. While CARL VINSON completed her Refueling and Complex Overhaul, Commander Purcell deployed aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-77) where he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway). Upon returning to CARL VINSON, he completed Sea Trials, Flight Deck Certification, and a deployment to United States Southern Command in support of CARL VINSON's homeport shift to San Diego, which included unexpected re-routing to Haiti supporting operation NEW DAWN.

In April 2010, Commander Purcell reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Florida. He served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Naval Flight Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Operations Officer. He concurrently earned a Master's in Business Administration, graduating with Honors from Webster University.

Commander Purcell completed his aviation department head tour with the ''Fighting Tigers'' of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) in Jacksonville, Florida. During this tour he served as the Assistant Tactics Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer completing deployments to the FOURTH, FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet areas of responsibility.

Commander Purcell was most recently assigned to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee as the VP/VPU/VUP Placement Officer.