Meet the Crew

CDR Michael D. Fisher

Commanding Officer

CDR Fisher is a native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He also holds a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

CDR Fisher served as Electrical Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, Assistant Combat Systems Officer, and Assistant Engineer on USS NORFOLK (SSN 714) during an engineered refueling overhaul and subsequent certifications. He also served aboard NORFOLK as Navigator and Operations Officer and later as Engineer Officer. He was Executive Officer of USS BOISE (SSN 764) when the crew earned the Battle Efficiency “E” and a Navy Unit Commendation. He has completed three Central Command deployments.

Ashore, CDR Fisher served at NAVSEA PMS 392 providing in-service submarine support; on the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; at Naval Reactors' “Line Locker” as the Assistant for Enlisted Plans, Policy, and Training; and most recently as the Deputy Commander for Readiness at Submarine Squadron ONE.

LCDR John R. Pepin

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander John Pepin, a native of Roseville, MN, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 2006 as a Bowman Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

His first sea tour as a division officer was aboard USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761) from November 2007 to December 2010; while aboard SPRINGFIELD deployed to U.S. Central Command and was awarded the Battle "E" in Submarine Squadron 2 for 2009. For his department head tour, he served as the Navigator/Operations Officer on USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728) (GOLD) from November 2013 to May 2016. His crew completed two deployed operations periods for U.S. Africa Command and FLORIDA was awarded the Battle “E”, in Submarine Squadron 16 for 2015 and 2016. LCDR Pepin relieved as Executive Officer of USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) in March of 2019.

His shore duty assignments include flag aide to the deputy commander, Naval Special Warfare Command; Submarine Liaison Officer, Fleet Liaison Officer for Naval Special Warfare
Development Group; and Special Operations Officer for commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Task Force 14, Task Force 34.

LCDR Pepin's personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other service awards. He also served on teams that were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Navy Unit Commendation.

Lieutenant Commander Pepin is married to Meagan Nadal of Long Beach, CA.

ETVCS (SS/IW) Alex Jones

Chief of the Boat

A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Senior Chief Jones enlisted in the Navy on December 11, 2002. He graduated submarine navigation electronics technician “A” and “C” school in Groton, Connecticut. He later graduated from the Submarine Assistant Navigator course and attended both the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 219 Khaki) and the Chief of the Boat / Command Master Chief Course.

Senior Chief Jones reported to USS Charlotte (SSN 766) in January of 2004 after completion of his initial training. He served again aboard the USS Charlotte (SSN 766) as the Leading Petty Officer of Navigation Division in 2012; there he was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 2013. He reported to USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), where he served as the Assistant Navigator and Navigation / Operations Department Enlisted Advisor until September 2017. He was advanced to Senior Chief in June of 2016. Senior Chief Jones currently serves as the Chief of the Boat aboard USS North Carolina (SSN 777).

In January of 2009, he reported to his first shore duty assignment at Commander Submarine Forces Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia. From 2017 to 2020 he was assigned as the Squadron Assistant Navigator to the Commander of Submarine Squadron Seven in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Senior Chief Jones is entitled to wear the Enlisted Submarine Warfare and Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist pins, the Navy Commendation Medal (Three Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Five Awards), and various campaign, service and unit awards.

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