John D. Sullivan, CDR
Assist and Assess Team
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
CDR John Sullivan currently serves as COMTHIRDFLT Lead Liaison Officer for the COSL Assist and Assess Team and Deputy Liaison for COMSEVENTHFLT. He came to AAT from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he served as a Branch Chief for the Theater Engagement Office and as Site Commander for On-Site START Inspections, Monitoring Branch.
CDR Sullivan attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. His first Fleet tour was as a SH-60B Seahawk pilot with HSL-44 where he twice deployed to the Arabian Gulf. He then served as a fixed wing flight instructor at Training Squadron TWO at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, receiving recognition as Training Air Wing FIVE Instructor Pilot of the Year for 2002.
Upon transfer to Mayport, Florida, he served as officer-in-charge, HSL-42 Detachment ONE aboard USS NORMANDY (CG 60) in the Arabian Gulf in support of CTF 58 serving as the Helicopter Elements Coordinator in support of Multinational Operations. In 2006, he attended the U. S. Naval War College, graduating with Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
He reported to DTRA in November 2007. Serving first as a Deputy Site Commander, then as Site Commander, for the forward-deployed monitoring activities in Votkinsk, Russia in support of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as well as serving as the Raytheon Technical Service Corporation Contracting Officer's Representative for the Agency.
He then served as Branch Chief for the Combat Support Directorate Theater Engagement Office as well as Program Officer for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, Global Initiative Information Portal, TSC Support Program, and the DTRA Security Cooperation Information System. While assigned to DTRA, he was selected as the On-Site Inspection Directorate Field Grade Officer of the Year for 2009 and his team was awarded a 2009 Director’s Annual Award for the closure of START Monitoring Operations after 21 years of operations.
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