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Commander Roger D. Phelps Jr., is a native of San Diego and Jacksonville, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in nuclear technology from Thomas Edison State, a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College. He also maintains his professional human resources and society of human resources management-certified professional certifications.

He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1992 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida. He completed the Navy nuclear power pipeline as a nuclear trained electrician’s mate in Orlando and Charleston, South Carolina. After completing his degree during his first shore tour, he received his commission through Officer Candidate School (OCS) in June of 2002 and began his flight training as a Naval aviator.

At sea, from 1994 to 1999, he served as a member of electrical division aboard the USS Kentucky (SSBN 737 Gold Crew) in Kings Bay, Georgia. While aboard, he was qualified in submarines and all in-rate electrician’s mate watch stations, and completed nine strategic deterrent patrols. He also served as a member of Patrol Squadron Sixteen (VP-16) from 2005 to 2008, where he was the airframe/corrosion branch officer, personnel officer, assistant operations officer, and a patrol plane commander during two tri-site deployments. His last at sea assignment was from 2014 to 2016 as the head of department for training aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) where he led the efforts to train the crew as they prepared to complete a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) after almost 4 years in the shipyards.

His shore assignments include Naval Recruiting District Atlanta, from 1999 to 2002, as a recruiter, assistant recruiter in charge, and recruiter in charge of NRS North Columbus, Georgia. During his tour, he promoted to petty officer first class, completed his Bachelor degree, and selected to attend OCS as a student Naval aviator. He started his primary flight training in 2002, with the VT-3 Red Knights at NAS Whiting Field. His selection of maritime led to follow on advanced flight training with the VT-35 Stingrays in Corpus Christi, Texas, and he received his Wings of Gold in 2003. He then completed his P-3 training with the pro’s nest of VP-30 Fleet Replacement Squadron in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon completion of his VP-16 tour, as a staff member of the Naval ROTC Unit, University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, he served as an assistant professor of Naval science, aviation and nuclear power advisor, CORTRAMID West Operations Officer, and completed a Master of Business Administration. In 2011, he reported to Commander, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida, where he completed a Global Support Assignment (GSA) as an action officer and branch executive officer for J3-Plans levant/maritime and then Arabian Peninsula branches. During this tour, he selected for lateral transfer to the human resources community (HR) and promotion to lieutenant commander. In 2012, his first HR assignment was to Naval Recruiting Orientation Unit, Pensacola, Florida, as department head for the Naval Recruiting Leadership Academy. In 2016, Commander Phelps reported to Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) earning JPME I credit and a second masters degree in Military Arts and Science. While at ACSC, he selected for promotion to commander. In 2017, he reported to Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) as deputy for ready relevant learning working as a special assistant to Commander, NETC.

In 2019, Commander Phelps reported to Navy Talent Acquisition Group New Orleans and is currently serving as the commanding officer.

 

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various other campaign and service awards.
 
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