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A native of Youngstown, Ohio, CDR Cleveland enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1999 where he received initial recruit training at Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, IL. Cleveland served in a variety of enlisted sea assignments to include USS FIFE (DD 991) before joining the Ballistic Missile Defense team in USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) for a Western Pacific deployment. He selected for the STA-21 Officer Commissioning Program and is a 2007 graduate of Miami (OH) University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership.
Cleveland’s sea duty assignments include USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) as Assistant First Lieutenant/Main Propulsion Division Officer; Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron FIVE as Officer-in-Charge of Boat Detachment ALPHA where he completed two independent deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) as Weapons Officer; Commanding Officer in USS TEMPEST (PC 2) homeported in Manama, Bahrain as part of FDNF-CENTCOM.
Ashore, he served as Naval Operations Advisor to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF); Current Operations – N31, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE; Strategic Communications Lead, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff within the Distributed Lethality Task Force (DLTF); Executive Officer at SWESC Great Lakes, IL; Advanced Warfare Planner and Analyst, SMWDC Headquarters, San Diego, CA; Chief Staff Officer, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE, San Diego, CA.
Cleveland earned his M.A. in Management and Leadership and Executive Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. He is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing his degree in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. He has completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. He is a qualified ASW/SUW Warfare Tactics Instructor.
Cleveland’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star), Joint Commendation Service Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
Cleveland is married to the former Maria Hernandez of Los Angeles, CA and they have three children; Anthony (19), Xavier (16), and Mariah (14).