Cmdr. Colleen M. Perle
COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL INFORMATION WARFARE TRAINING GROUP (IWTG) GULFPORT
14 June 2022
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Cmdr. Perle graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2005 and was commissioned through NROTC. She received a Master of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography from Naval Postgraduate School in 2016.
Her operational tours include USS Anzio (CG 68) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, where she earned her Surface Warfare Officer qualification, and USS Halsey (DDG 97) as the Damage Control Assistant, where she earned her Engineering Officer of the Watch qualification. She served as the Meteorology and Oceanography Officer for Commander, Carrier Strike Group ONE where she deployed to the Western Pacific in 2017, 2018, aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and qualified as Battle Watch Captain.
Her shore tours include a tour as Staff Action Officer to Commander, 6th
Fleet. Assigned to the N51 European Engagement Group, she had a direct influence on U.S. Navy strategy, plans, and policy pertaining to Israel, Greece, Cyprus and Malta. In addition, she qualified as Assistant Battle Watch Captain for the Commander, 6th
Fleet Maritime Center of Operations and served in direct support of Operation Odyssey Dawn / Unified Protector on board 6th
Fleet flagship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).
Selected into the Oceanography community via the Lateral Transfer Board in 2012, she was assigned as Operations Officer at Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center, where she earned her Information Warfare qualification. In 2014 she was awarded the Capt. Richard C. Steere Award as the Junior Meteorology and Oceanography Officer of the Year.
She has most recently served as the Officer in Charge of San Diego Detachment for Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center from October 2018 through March 2020 and as the Operations Officer at Fleet Weather Center San Diego from March 2020 through May 2022.
Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards. She was awarded the NPS Superior Service Award for her work on the NPS campus and in the Monterey community.