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CDR Z. Butts

Executive Officer

Born and raised in Waycross, Georgia, Commander Butts enlisted in the Navy 10 June 1987 and rose to the ranks of Chief Quartermaster. He was commissioned as a Deck Limited Duty Officer on 1 June 2001.

His tours at sea include, USS HARLAN COUNTY (LST 1196), USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58),  USS ARCTIC (AOE 8) where he served as UNREP BOS'N,  USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7), where he served as Assistant First Lieutenant and First Lieutenant, USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) where he served as First Lieutenant and Senior Watch Officer, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) where he served as First Lieutenant, Assault Craft Unit TWO where he served as Landing Craft Officer (OIC)  and Command Navigator, USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) where he served as First Lieutenant and Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) where he served as Director of Seamanship readiness and Senior Deck Inspector.

Shore assignments include Naval Station Norfolk Security Detachment, Naval Leadership and Training (Little Creek) where he taught the Leadership and Instructor Training Course, Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan where he served as Port Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer, and most recently, he was assigned as Director of the LDO/CWO Academy, Officer Training Command Newport, RI.

He has Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, both through Excelsior College. His awards include; Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). He is the recipient of the Navy & Marine Association Peer Leadership Award (Five awards) 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014.

Commander Butts is currently assigned as the Executive Officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.



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