Captain Ford is a native of Morristown, Tennessee. He began his career as an enlisted Operations Specialist from 1988 until 1998. He graduated from University of Memphis with a degree in History and received his commission in June 1998 through Officer Candidate School. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of North Florida and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. He is also a HALSEY BRAVO Advanced Research graduate.
At sea, Captain Ford served as OI Division Officer and First Lieutenant onboard USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and then aboard USS Taylor (FFG 50) as Training Officer. As a department head, Captain Ford served as Operations Officer onboard USS Simpson (FFG 56) and USS Hue City (CG 66). He screened for XO Special Mission and served onboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as C5I Officer and Operations Officer. During these tours of duty, he completed deployments to South America, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. He has also served as the Air Defense Commander for the following Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups: Harry S. Truman, Eisenhower and Kearsarge. Captain Ford later served as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Navy Talent Acquisition Group Nashville from 2016 to 2019.
Captain Ford served ashore as the Combat Systems Director & Deputy Director at Afloat Training Group Mayport, FL; Analytics & Budget Branch Head for the Navy Irregular Warfare Office (OPNAV N3/N5), as Budget Branch Head for Air-Sea Battle Office (OPNAV N3/N5), the Reserve Programs Director for Naval Sea Systems Command and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Plans and Policy at Reserve Forces Command. Captain Ford is currently slated as the next Commanding Officer of NSF Deveselu, Romania.
Captain Ford’s personal awards include the Legion Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medals (two awards) and various unit and service awards.
Last Updated: 14 June 2022