Commanding Officer

Captain Gerald R. Olin

Captain Gerald R. Olin was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended high school in Phoenix, Arizona.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1983, reaching the rank of Fire Controlman (Aegis) Chief Petty Officer before earning a commission in 1994. His enlisted assignments include USS HAROLD E HOLT (FF 1074), USS CHOSIN (CG 65), and Aegis Training and Support Group, Pearl Harbor.

Following commissioning, CAPT Olin served at sea in USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) as Systems Test Officer and in Cruiser Destroyer Group FIVE as Assistant Strike Officer. During this tour, he deployed as Tomahawk Liaison Officer to Joint Task Force NOBLE ANVIL in Naples, Italy in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE and the Kosovo Air Campaign. As a Department Head, Captain Olin served as Weapons Officer in USS DECATUR (DDG 73) and as Training and Readiness Officer for Carrier Strike Group SEVEN, embarked in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). CAPT Olin’s most recent sea assignment was as Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike Group ONE/CARL VINSON Strike Group.

Ashore, Captain Olin has served as Officer in Charge, Center for Surface Combat Systems, Detachment San Diego. He served on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific as Human Resources Program Manager and on the staff of Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq as a liaison officer to the Prime Minister’s National Operations Center. His most recent shore assignment was as Director, Commander’s Action Group, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.

Having served as commissioning XO, CAPT Olin commanded USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2), Gold Crew, conducting fleet integration and mine warfare developmental testing. In Major Command, CAPT Olin served as Commander, Amphibious Squadron ONE/ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group. Under his command, ESXARG completed a successful deployment to Fifth and Seventh Fleets which included the first West Coast deployment of the F-35B.

In December 2020, Captain Olin assumed command of the Naval ROTC Unit at University of San Diego/San Diego State University.  

Captain Olin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from National University, a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

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Captain Gerald R. Olin

Commanding Officer

Email: golin@sandiego.edu