Carrier Strike Group Eleven

Commander, CSG 11

Chief of Staff

Commander, CSG 11: Rear Admiral Yvette M. Davids

Rear Adm. Yvette M. Davids is a native of San Antonio. A surface warfare officer, she is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. She earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2002 from the Naval War College and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2012.

Her sea assignments include electrical officer, combat information center officer and communications officer aboard USS San Jose (AFS 7) deploying in support of Desert Shield/Storm; operations officer aboard USS David R. Ray (DD 971); operations officer aboard USS Normandy (CG 60); executive officer aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) during the initial combat operations of Iraqi Freedom; and later executive officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65).

Davids commanded USS Curts (FFG 38) deploying to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. Subsequently, she commanded USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) serving as air defense commander for the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group.

Ashore, she served as aide to the deputy and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet; as a joint exercise communications planner at the Joint Training and Analysis Center, Joint Forces Command (J6); deputy executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for Information, Plans, and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5); director, Naval Academy Sailing, U.S. Naval Academy; executive assistant to the executive director of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Command; and assistant chief of staff for Requirements, Experimentation and Innovation (N8/N9) for the commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Her decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as various campaign and unit awards.

Davids is the 2008 recipient of the MANA National Latina Organization’s “Las Primeras” award as the first Hispanic female to command a warship in the U.S. Navy.

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Chief of Staff: Captain Rich Weitzel

Captain Weitzel graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He holds master’s degrees from the National War College and University of San Diego. He earned his wings of gold in 1997.

Captain Weitzel’s operational tours include assignment to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 45 (HSL-45), deploying in USS Valley Forge (CG-50) and USS Oldendorf (DD-972). He served in USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as Aircraft Handler and Mini Boss, deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group Five in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations following the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. Captain Weitzel also served in HSL-45 as a department head and deployed as detachment Officer in Charge in USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and in USS McCluskey (FFG-41) in support of JIATF-South counter narco-terrorism operations.

As a plank owner in Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 (HSM-78), Captain Weitzel served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, leading the Blue Hawks as part of Carrier Air Wing TWO in the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Strike Group.

Ashore, Captain Weitzel served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor pilot and CNAP Evaluator in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 41 (HSL-41), as an Action Officer in the Operations Directorate (J-3) of the Joint Staff, and as a Division Chief and Command Center Director in NORAD-USNORTHCOM.

Captain Weitzel’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation medals, and various joint, unit and service awards.

Captain Weitzel resides in Mukliteo, WA with his wife, Julie, and their three girls, Grace (14), Charlotte (12) and Madeline (9).

CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 11 FACTS

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