Lcdr. Stephan D. Gallagher
Executive Officer, Cryptologic Warfare Activity (CWA) 66
17 December 2020
Lcdr. Stephan D. Gallagher was raised in Kent, OH. Somewhat inspired by both grandfathers who served in the Armed Forces, it was his interest and passion for weather phenomena and forecasting that ultimately propelled him into the Navy.
He graduated with distinction from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) from Penn State’s Naval ROTC.
Lcdr. Gallagher began his Naval career on board USS PHILIPPINE SEA, based in Mayport, FL. His tour included serving as the Main Propulsion Division Officer and Assistant Navigator and culminated in a FIFTH Fleet deployment. While deployed, he vigilantly directed the recovery of 26 stranded Filipino mariners from a pirated, ablaze oil tanker. After earning the SWO designation, he joined the METOC community in 2012.
Lcdr. Gallagher reported to Fleet Weather Center, San Diego in 2012 where he primarily served in the Operations Department. While standing Command Duty Officer, his efforts were paramount in leading 40 Sailors and civilians during the launch of the tropical cyclone decision support mission and crisis support to EX-GUARDIAN. He then served one year as the Administrative Department Head and Legal Officer.
Lcdr. Gallagher went to Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare Detachment, San Diego in 2015 where he served as the Officer in Charge. While leveraging steady manning, he doubled his team’s operational umbrella and greatly bolstered tactical METOC support to ASW forces worldwide via many training and assessment initiatives.
In 2017, he enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. While earning a M.S. in Physical Oceanography, flew four storm fix missions with the Hurricane Hunters and completed a thesis characterizing the upper oceanic response to hurricane passage.
Lcdr. Gallagher next reported to Carrier Strike Group, TWELVE as the Staff Oceanographer, where he was key in preparing USS FORD for its maiden deployment. There he identified a critical safety of flight gap, developed a mitigation strategy for the technical community, and worked closely with the TYCOM to ensure its timely install.
Lcdr. Gallagher is joined by his wife, Dominique and dog, Izzy, who remain in Chesapeake, VA following his transfer to Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY SIX.