Captain Edward L. Callahan, a native of North Carolina, reported for active duty in June of 1983 where he subsequently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California. He then attended Basic Electronics School and Radioman “A” School at Naval Training Command San Diego before transferring to Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.
In February of 1985, he reported onboard USS Henry L. Stimson (SSBN 655) (GOLD) where he advanced through Radioman 1st Class, earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare Silver Dolphins and completed eight strategic deterrent patrols. He reported to the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron EIGHTEEN in August of 1989 as part of the squadron communications department and advanced to Chief Petty Officer in September of 1991.
In March of 1992, Callahan returned to sea duty aboard USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630) (BLUE) and following decommissioning, reported aboard USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658) (GOLD) completing another three strategic deterrent patrols. He then reported to the staff of Fleet Technical Support Center, Kings Bay Detachment in March of 1994 and subsequently selected to the Limited Duty Officer program. He commissioned as an Ensign in July of 1996.
In September of 1996, Callahan reported to the USS Simon Lake (AS 33) forwarded deployed in La Maddalena, Italy, serving as Communications and Electronics Material Officer until his transfer in November of 1998. He then reported to Trident Refit Facility (TRF) in Kings Bay, Georgia, serving as the Command and Control Systems Digital Repair Officer from March of 1999 until April of 2001.
Callahan returned to sea duty in May of 2001 as the Weapon’s Officer aboard USS Topeka (SSN 754), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following successful completion of his department head tour, he reported to the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Electronic Material Officer. He then reported to Millington, Tennessee to be the junior LDO/CWO Officer Detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS 42) from May of 2006 until December of 2009.
His next assumed duties as the TRF Weapons Repair Officer in January of 2010 until fleeting up to Executive Officer in July of 2011. In June of 2013, he assumed duties as the Executive Officer of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. In June of 2015, he assumed duties as Executive Officer of USS Frank Cable (AS 40), homeported out of Guam. He became the Officer of Community Management for the LDO/CWO Community in Millington, Tennessee May of 2017 until May of 2020, and promoted to Captain in September of 2018. Callahan assumed command of Naval Weapons Station Earle in July of 2020.
Callahan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Grantham University (Summa Cum Laude).
He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, along with numerous campaign and service ribbons. In addition, he earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare and Strategic Deterrent Patrol Insignia with two silver stars. He is also qualified to wear the Officer Surface Warfare and Officer Submarine Warfare Insignias.