Commanding Officer


Captain Dennis hails from New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He is a fourth-generation Sailor, Eagle Scout, and 1989 graduate of Auburn University and has earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Planning with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College. In July 2016, Dennis became the 29th Commanding Officer of the University of Michigan Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

At sea, Dennis has served as the Navigator of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), highlights include Vinson’s early return following mid-life overhaul, best-in-class INSURV results, and a key humanitarian disaster relief role to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake effort, Operation Unified Response. Prior, Dennis was Commanding Officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Six (HSL-46). During this tour, HSL-46 twice earned awards for Aviation Maintenance Excellence, Retention Excellence, and Air Warfare qualification. In 2008, HSL-46 was awarded the “Battle E” for overall unit excellence. Dennis has additionally served aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) as Flag Aide for Commander, Carrier Group Seven; USS Elrod (FFG-55) as aviation Officer-in-Charge; USS Simpson (FFG-56); USS Halyburton (FFG-40); USS Briscoe (DD-977); and USS Wasp (LHD-1).

Ashore from 2013-2016 Dennis commanded Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy and was the US government official singularly responsible for the safety, security, operations and conduct of all U.S. forces, employees, and their families. Highlighting his time was Sigonella’s central role in the July 2014 safe evacuation and recovery of all U.S. embassy personnel from Tripoli, Libya. Prior, Dennis served as a Naval War College professor of Strategy and Policy and founded the college's Energy Security course. Dennis has been in charge of the US European Command Frequency Management Field Office Brussels, Belgium, where he supported Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and served as a U.S. Representative to NATO. Dennis served as the Operations Officer and a flight instructor at SH60B Seahawk Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), HSL-40, during which HSL-40 earned the Admiral Ellison Award as the Navy's most productive FRS. Early in his career, Dennis served in the Pentagon as Flag Aide to Director of Navy Air Warfare following his term as the Navy's lead requirements officer responsible for defining & resourcing Global Broadcast Service wideband and Ultra High Frequency satellite communications.

Captain Dennis above all, loves working with Sailors, Marines, civilians and even Airmen and Soldiers to do great things for America and in helping folks become their best selves. Captain Dennis is married to Sharyn Falls Dennis of Vienna, Va. They are proud parents of Nathan, Lauren, and Graham.