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Captain Douglas E. Arnold

A portrait of Douglas Arnold




  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1984
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1992
  • M.S., Engineering Management, Old Dominion University, 2005

United States Navy — Kearneysville, W.Va.

Captain Douglas Arnold graduated from WVU in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He attended Naval Officer’s Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was commissioned an ensign on October 5, 1984. He later earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1992 and a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University in 2005.

His sea tours include the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) (BLUE), which completed a 30-month nuclear refueling overhaul; USS Boston (SSN 703) as the combat systems officer and engineer officer; USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) as the executive officer; and commanding officer of USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) (BLUE). While in command, USS West Virginia completed a six-month extended refit period, and four strategic deterrent patrols. The crew earned the 2003 COMSUBRON Twenty Communications “C”; 2004 COMSUBRON Twenty Damage Control “DC” and Deck Seamanship “D”; and 2005 COMSUBRON Twenty Battle Efficiency “E”, Tactical “T”, and Navigation “N”.

His shore assignments included the Naval Nuclear Power School as an instructor and division director; the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion examining board; staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the submarine operations officer; and deputy directorate of Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense on the Joint Staff as division chief for the Antiterrorism Division. His most recent command ashore was as commodore of Regional Support Group, Groton, where he was responsible for the intermediate maintenance activities supporting the 18 attack submarines home-ported in the northeast region. He is currently on the staff of the chief of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare Division, developing the requirements for the future OHIO replacement SSBN.

Arnold is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and several unit and service awards.

Arnold and his wife, Catherine, have six children and reside in Kearneysville.