CDR Eric Pond was born in Murray, Utah. While attending Utah State University, CDR Pond was selected into the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC). He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
CDR Pond received his Officer Commissioning on June 4, 2001 and reported to Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, Rhode Island. His first assignment was as an Instructor of Digital Microprocessors at Nuclear Field A-School in Charleston, South Carolina. CDR Pond’s next assignment was at Nuclear Power School. He served as an Instructor for Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Theory for Electrical and Reactor Operators, and Electrical Theory for Electrical and Reactor Operators. During this period, he qualified as Master Training Specialist and was selected as the NAVSEA Instructor of the Year. He completed his tour as the Director of the Heat Transfer / Fluid Flow Division.
In 2006, CDR Pond was selected to attend the Chief of Naval Operations Temasek Defense Systems Institute Scholar Student Program at the National University of Singapore and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Defense Technology and Systems Programs.
In 2008, CDR Pond completed the U.S. Naval War College Joint Professional Military Education Phase-1 Certification. In addition, he graduated “With Distinction” from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Operations Research.
CDR Pond served as the Operations Research Analyst for the Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, Tennessee from 2008 to 2010. He was responsible for tracking and reporting recruiting statistics across all programs and establishing recruiting production requirements for two Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts (NRDs).
From 2010 to 2011, CDR Pond volunteered for a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment to Afghanistan. As the NATO Personnel Section Chief for the Afghan National Police, he conducted daily mentoring missions with the Afghan National Police Chief of NCOs and Chief of Officers to carry out the Minister’s Strategic Development Plan. He also conducted monthly missions throughout the country implementing and standing up the Afghan Local Police with the local Special Forces and Village Elders.
CDR Pond arrived at Defense Information Systems (DISA) Europe, Stuttgart, Germany in 2011 and served until 2014. He performed as the Division Chief of the Command Support Division, which encompassed Admin Support, Budget, Facilities, Personnel (Civilian, Joint Military, and Contractor), Security, Supply and Career Development for a 400+ person Command.
CDR Pond completed his Milestone tour as Officer-in-Charge of the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Naval Base San Diego from 2014 to 2016. He led 100+ civilians, contractors, and military in providing pay, personnel, and passenger transportation services to over 32,000 Active and Reserve Navy Sailors.