CDR Christopher Owsianiecki

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A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Commander Owsianiecki holds a M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a B.S. in Marine Engineering Operations from Maine Maritime Academy, and a B.A. in History from McDaniel College. He was commissioned in 1998 through the Merchant Marine Reserve (now the Strategic Sealift Officer) Program after attaining his U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer License. He was designated a Surface Warfare Officer in 2000 and is currently the Acting Commanding Officer of NR National Defense University (NDU).

Afloat, from 1998 to 2000, he served in USS BOXER (LHD-4) as Data Systems and Electrical Division Officer. After Gas Turbine Engineering Training, he reported aboard USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) as the command’s Training Officer and Integrated Training Team Leader. Following active duty in 2002, he sailed for Military Sealift Command (MSC) as Third Assistant Engineer in USNS SUPPLY (T-AOE 6) until 2005 and all told participated in five FIFTH Fleet underway deployments. 

Ashore, in 2008, CDR Owsianiecki joined the Selected Reserve assigned to the staff of MSC headquarters and readily volunteered for an Individual Augmentee assignment in support of Expeditionary Port Unit 103 as the unit’s Force Protection/Assistant Operations Officer. Before deploying to Kuwait in 2010, he completed the Maritime Staff Operators Course at the Naval War College (NWC). While deployed, CDR Owsianiecki was chosen to join the staff of Commander Task Force FIVE THREE/MSCCENT to assist in the formation of the Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) mission in FIFTH Fleet. In 2011, he was selected to the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, as the NCAGS Officer-in-Charge assigned to the Current Operations department. Following this two-year groundbreaking project, CDR Owsianiecki attended the Reserve Component National Security Course at NDU. Between 2006 and 2013, in his civilian capacity, CDR Owsianiecki managed AMTRAK Acela High Speed Rail, Northeast Regional, MARC railroad, and U.S. Navy NAVSEA shipboard maintenance projects. In March 2014, CDR Owsianiecki was selected to the staff of Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office. As the Maritime Security Deputy Department Head/MDA Integration Action Officer, he focused on the federal interagency issuance of global maritime warnings to the U.S. maritime industry and led an NSC working group across DOS, DOD, DOT, DHS, and the IC to address this issue. Following an 18-month tour, he joined the Maritime Administration as a Maritime Security Specialist (GS-14) collaborating with the interagency on the issuance of U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories; and anti-piracy/anti-terrorism matters. The current U.S. Maritime Alert and Advisory System is the product of this effort. Before joining NR NDU, he was the Executive Officer of MSC EPU 106 and Operations Officer of NR MSCEURAF.

CDR Owsianiecki has also completed the NRUM, MECR, and JHOC. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has also received the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal for his service during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.