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Mondul, Steven, CAPT Officer
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Captain
Current/Last Primary Designator/NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - qualified in Surface Warfare
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Current/Last Duty Station
1989-1992, 111X, NAVSTA - NAVBASE - NAVFAC- NAB -NOB - NOS/NAVBASE Norfolk
Service Years
1964 - 1992
Captain Captain


 Ribbon Bar

Surface Warfare Officer Badge
Command at Sea

 

 Official Badges 

US European Command US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am retired from state service and doing part time consulting.
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Duty Stations
USS Sellers (DDG-11)COMNAVSURFLANT/DESRON 36SWO Schools (SWOS)/SWO Department Head SchoolUSS Charles H. Roan (DD-853)
USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)Naval War CollegeCNO - OPNAVUSS Mount Hood (AE-29)
USS Merrimack (AO-179)Commander Service Force, Six Fleet (COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT )Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)/Allied Naval Forces Southern EuropeUS Navy
  1964-1966, 111X, USS Sellers (DDG-11)
  1966-1967, COMNAVSURFLANT/DESRON 36
  1967-1968, SWO Schools (SWOS)/SWO Department Head School
  1968-1970, USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853)
  1970-1972, 111X, USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)
  1972-1973, Naval War College
  1973-1975, Personnel Exchange Program (PEP)/Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax Canada
  1975-1976, USS Mount Hood (AE-29)
  1977-1981, CNO - OPNAV
  1981-1984, 111X, USS Merrimack (AO-179)
  1981-1984, USS Merrimack (AO-179)
  1984-1987, Commander Service Force, Six Fleet (COMSERVFORSIXTHFLT )
  1987-1989, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)/Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe
  1989-1992, 111X, NAVSTA - NAVBASE - NAVFAC- NAB -NOB - NOS/NAVBASE Norfolk
 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval InstituteSurface Navy AssociationMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)Navy League of the United States
Adams Class Veterans AssociationPost 1097Naval War College FoundationNational Rifle Association (NRA)
Wounded Warrior ProjectUnited States Navy Memorial
  1968, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1992, Surface Navy Association [Verified]
  1996, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2002, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Adams Class Veterans Association [Verified]
  2009, American Legion, Post 1097 (Member) (Danville, Virginia) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2010, Naval War College Foundation
  2010, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  2010, Wounded Warrior Project
  2010, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Reflections on CAPT Mondul's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY?
I had always, even as a little boy, wanted to join the Navy. This bothered my parents a bit as being too single minded, so they had me take a whole series of aptitude tests--which showed that I would be a good match for being a naval officer. The rest is history!!
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Regular NROTC (scholarship) at Miami University (Ohio) commissioned 1964. Spent the first several years in Atlantic Fleet Destroyers then got LT command (USS ELKHORN AOG-7) out of Pearl Harbor and deployed to WESTPAC/Vietnam. From there went to Naval War College (Command and Staff) under Stansfield Turner. Went to the Canadian Navy in Halifax, Nova Scotia as an exchange officer, then as XO, USS Mount Hood (AE-29) out of Concord, CA. From Mount Hood went to CNO staff as SECNAV/CNO briefer; continued in the Pentagon as Command center Fleet Operations officer. From Pentagon went as PCO MERRIMACK (AO-179) building at Avondale, LA. Commissioned her and did Baltic and Med deployments in command. I was requested by COMNAVSURFGRUMED/CTF-63 to be his Chief of Staff in Naples, Italy, finished that tour and went on to be DACOS Plans/Senior US Officer on the NATO naval staff at Naples. Final tour was a Director of Operations at Naval Base Norfolk, from which tour I retired.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN COMBAT, PEACEKEEPING OR HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
CAPT Steven Mondul (Mongo) - If you participated in combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.While ELKHORN earned the Combat Action Ribbon all we saw was gunfire at a distance. Since she was an AOG (Aviation gasoline tanker) that was probably a good thing!
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH ONE WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
CAPT Steven Mondul (Mongo) - Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?ELKHORN, my first command, and MERRIMACK of which I was commissioning CO. Plankowner CO has the unique capability (for better or for worse) to set the tone for a ship's entire life. MERRIMACK was known as "WFFO" (World's Finest Fleet Oiler) through her life, and that made the sweat, pain and tears of the first couple of years worthwhile.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
Being the Task Group Commander for the Presidential Support Task Group for the economic summit in Venice, Italy in 1987. Navy (me!) was responsible for all Presidential transport. Saw President Reagan every day along with many VIP types. One memorable boat ride was when the President offered Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher a ride in our boat to an event. She accepted---now THAT was a VIP boat trip.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER? IF YOU RECEIVED ANY MEDALS FOR VALOR OR OTHER SIGNIFICANT AWARDS, PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW THESE WERE EARNED.
Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious service medal and two Legion of Merit awards. NC was for command of Elkhorn, MSM for command of Merrimack, LOM for COS tour and second LOM goodbye kiss at retirement.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, QUALIFICATION BADGES OR DEVICES YOU RECEIVED, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE ONE(S) MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
I received two awards of the Legion of Merit, which at the time was pretty rare for Captains.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
Captain Jack Hilton, CO, USS SELLERS (DDG-11). He qualified me as a Fleet OOD and encouraged and mentored me to get me started in my naval career.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
While at Kiaoshung, Taiwan at a port visit, my first class electricians mate became involved with a local female. During the, er, affair his elbow hit a live electric wire in the wall of the hotel room while still "connected". The resulting noise from he and the girl roused the whole floor He was thereafter known as "Electric crank". Of course as CO, I had no official knowledge of any of this!!
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
CAPT Steven Mondul (Mongo) - What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?After retirement I accepted a position with the Commonwealth of Virginia in Emergency Management/Homeland Security. I retired again in 2010 as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for the Commonwealth.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
I belong to The American Legion, The Surface Navy Association, The US Naval Institute. The Naval History Society, The US Naval War College Alumni Association and several ship associations. Really am able to keep tabs on my old shipmates through these connections.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER?
Military service absolutely shaped my life in every way.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
CAPT Steven Mondul (Mongo) - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?Keep the faith. You are America's finest.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
Very useful way of keeping track of others.

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