Commanding Officer USCGC CAMPBELL (WMEC 909)
CDR Kurtis L.Virkaitis
Commander Virkaitis reports to CGC CAMPBELL from the
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Net Assessment where his
duties included preparation of strategic analysis reports for consideration
by the Secretary of Defense and other high level leaders in the Defense
Department. His most significant work included completion of an Undersea Net
Assessment, which considered aspects such as undersea resources, submarine
operations, undersea infrastructure, technology developments, and global
He has more than six years of sea time and previous afloat assignments include Operations Officer aboard CGC SWEETGUM, a buoy tender in Mobile, Alabama; Executive Officer aboard CGC JEFFERSON ISLAND, a patrol boat in Portland, Maine; and as Executive Officer aboard CGC DILIGENCE, a medium endurance cutter in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Commander Virkaitis’ ashore experience includes four years as a chemistry instructor at the Coast Guard Academy, and three years at Coast Guard headquarters in the office of Workforce Forecasting and Analysis. As officer analysis team lead, he was responsible for the annual management of the Coast Guard officer corps promotion and accession plans, in addition to analyzing a multitude of other personnel management issues.
He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1994 having earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science. In 2000 he graduated from Brown University, where he earned a Master of Science in Chemistry.
Commander Virkaitis’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, an Achievement Medal, and three Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons.