Captain Gerard Lee Becker

Patrice and Jerry Becker - 2001 Reunion

Captain Jerry Becker, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy after completion of Officer Candidate School in February 1978. He is a graduate of St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Captain Becker’s initial afloat assignment was as Deck Division Officer and Deputy Damage Control Assistant (DCA) in USS RANGER (CV 61), where he earned his Surface Warfare and Engineering Officer qualifications. During this tour, RANGER completed two extended deployments to the Western Pacific.As a Department Head, Captain Becker served as Operations Officer in USS REASONER (FF 1063), where he made an extended deployment to the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea as a member of Battle Group Foxtrot. Subsequently, he served as Operations Officer on the staff of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three, where he made a deployment to the Persian Gulf directing Kuwaiti Tanker Escort Operations followed by a second deployment as the Antisurface Warfare Commander (ASUWC) in Battle Group Delta.He then served as Executive Officer in USS WADDELL (DDG 24).Captain Becker’s most recent afloat assignment was as Commanding Officer, USS CHANDLER (DD 996). In his Executive Officer and Commanding Officer tours, Captain Becker completed successful counternarcotics deployments to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean.

Ashore, in addition to a Division Officer tour at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California, Captain Becker studied at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He holds Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs/Intelligence. He has served at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, as Executive Assistant to the Navy Chief of Legislative Affairs and on the Intelligence staff, International Military Committee at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. His current assignment is Deputy for Fleet Operations at Atlantic Fleet Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

In addition to campaign and unit awards, Captain Becker’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.