Captain Joseph Carrigan, a native of Wanaque, New
Jersey, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 1993 with
a Bachelor of Arts in Government and was commissioned an officer in the United
States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)
At sea, Captain Carrigan served as First Lieutenant and Combat
Information Center Officer aboard USS Aubrey
Fitch (FFG 34), Operations Officer in USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), Operations Officer on USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Executive
Officer on USS Nitze (DDG
94), Commanding Officer of USS Russell (DDG
59), and Commanding Officer of USS Antietam
(CG 54). He has deployed to the Caribbean, North Atlantic,
Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, and throughout the Pacific
including the East and West seas (Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea) as well as the
East China, South China, and Philippine seas.
Ashore, he served as the Freshman Advisor and Recruiting Officer
at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit at The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill; an action officer in the Strategy and Policy Division
(N51) of the Information, Plans, and Strategy Directorate (N3/N5) of the Office
of the Chief of Naval Operations; a naval plans officer in the Plans Division,
Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), U.S. Central Command; a student at the U.S.
Naval War College; an associate fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations
Strategic Studies Group; a Navy Legislative Fellow in the Office of United
States Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama); and, while assigned to the Joint Staff,
a speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Chairman’s Action
Group (CAG), the Executive Assistant to the Director for Strategic Plans and
Policy (J5), and a special assistant to the Director of the J5. Most
recently, he served in the Theater Security Cooperation Directorate (N7) on the
U.S. Seventh Fleet staff in Yokosuka, Japan.
Captain Carrigan became the second Deputy Commander of U.S. Naval
Forces Korea on 17 November 2017.
Captain Carrigan earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from
Duke University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies
from the Naval War College where he graduated with highest distinction.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the
Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy
and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service
awards. Additionally, he was awarded the Surface Navy Association
Essay Award for 2010 and, for having graduated first among all U.S. Navy officers
at the Naval War College, the Doctors Daniel and Susan Thys Prize for Academic
Carrigan is married to Melissa Hayes Thaxton of North Stonington,
Connecticut. They have two daughters, Molly and Théa.