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Captain Rich Massie has lived the plurality of his adult years in the Pacific Northwest after spending his childhood in the suburbs of both Chicago and Houston. He most recently served as Commander, Submarine Squadron NINETEEN and previously served as Deputy Commander of both Submarine Development Squadron FIVE and Submarine Squadron NINETEEN.

Captain Massie commanded USS MAINE (SSBN 741)(GOLD) from 2010 through 2013, during which MAINE completed five strategic deterrent patrols, earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Olympic Bowl Trophy, and the Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award. He is the 2013 Pacific Fleet recipient of the VADM James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Captain Massie completed the first deployment of an OHIO-Class guided missile and special forces submarine as executive officer aboard USS OHIO (SSGN 726)(BLUE). During his tenure, OHIO earned the Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

His sea duty includes service as submarine operations officer on the staff of Commander, NIMITZ STRIKE GROUP, which earned the Navy Unit Citation for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as navigator/operations officer aboard USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701), and as a division officer aboard USS HELENA (SSN 725). His shore duty includes service at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, San Diego, California and joint duty as Chief, Nuclear Enterprise Division, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, where he was responsible for the command, control, and oversight of United States nuclear forces in Europe.

Captain Massie is a graduate of the Royal Netherlands Submarine Command Course, the qualifying course for diesel submarine skippers from Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 and holds a master’s degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, as well as a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College, Washington, DC.

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