A native of Omaha, Nebraska, LT Pitzel graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He received his commission in 2010 through Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI.
In 2015, LT Pitzel attended the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California and earned a Master of Science in Management Degree in Manpower Systems Analysis and completed his Joint Professional Military Education.
At sea, LT Pitzel’s tours included: Anti-Terrorism Officer onboard USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) from 2013-2015, which deployed to the Fifth Fleet AOR in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Anti-Submarine Officer onboard USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) from 2010-2013, which deployed to the fifth fleet AOR with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in support of Anti-Piracy operations.
Ashore, LT Pitzel served at Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) in Sasebo, where he was the Assistant Officer in Charge for 20 sailors, 8 foreign nationals and 2 contractors who provided pay personnel and administrative support to a community of 20,000. Additionally at NPS, he served as Training Officer and Student Service Officer to over 500 students facilitating training and orientation events.
LT Pitzel transferred to Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo as the Administration Officer and currently serves as the acting Chief Staff Officer of CFAS.
His awards and decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various other unit, campaign and service awards.