SHIP’S LEADERSHIP
CDR Tyrone Bush
Commanding Officer | LCS Crew 115

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Commander Ty Bush received his commission via the Enlisted Commissioning Program NROTC at North Carolina State University in May 1999.

His first tour was onboard USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) from March 2000 to November 2001 where he served as the Communications Officer. There, he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. From November 2001 through June 2003, CDR Bush was attached to Commander Destroyer Squadron 24 as the assistant Operations Officer deploying to the Mediterranean Sea onboard USS SPRUANCE.

His first assignment ashore was at Surface Warfare Officer School center of excellence in Newport, Rhode Island where he served as an instructor. While at SWOS, he earned a Master’s of Science degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Rhode Island graduating summa cum laude. After SWOS, he completed SWO Department Head School graduating with distinction.

His first Department Head assignment was a three year tour onboard USS CARNEY (DDG 64) as the Weapons and Combat System Officer deploying to the Persian Gulf twice as part of the HARRY S. TRUMAN and DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Strike Group. While there, the ship earned numerous awards including the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund award as well as two Battle Effectiveness Awards.

CDR Bush reported to the Army Junior War College in May 2010, where he completed his Joint Professional Military Education.

CDR Bush reported to NAVPERSCOM in Millington, TN in July 2011 as the Full Time Support Junior Surface Warfare Detailer where he executed numerous Navy Operational Support Center screening boards and FTS Major Command boards. While there, he was screened for Surface Commander Command.

CDR Bush reported to BUPERS-3 in Millington, TN in September 2012 to July 2015 as the URL Reserve Officer Community Manager and Reserve Deputy for BUPERS-318.

CDR Bush reported to LCSRON Two in Mayport, FL in April 2016 to April 2018 as the Executive Officer of LITTLE ROCK GOLD (LCS CREW 115).

CDR Bush is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of LITTLE ROCK GOLD in Mayport, FL. His personal awards include Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four), Navy Achievement Medal (three), good conduct medal (three) and various unit and campaign ribbons. CDR Bush hails from Blakely, GA.

CDR Bradley D. Long
Executive Officer | LCS Crew 115

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Commander Brad Long is a native of Reston, VA. He is a 2001 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.

His initial sea duty assignment was aboard USS ROBERT G BRADLEY (FFG 49) as the Combat Information Center Officer after which he completed nuclear power training. He completed subsequent sea duty assignments aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75), USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47), and USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69).

Ashore, CDR Long has served as an electrical engineering instructor at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, as a Requirements Officer and the Deputy Executive Assistant for the Director of Surface Warfare Division on the Navy Staff (N96), and Defense Resource Manager for the Program and Budget Division on the Joint Staff (J-8).

Commander Long holds a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (Five), Navy Achievement Medal (Two), and various unit, campaign, and service awards

CMDCM (SW/EXW/IDW)
H. Wayne Allen Jr.
Command Master Chief | LCS Crew 115

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Command Master Chief (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) H. Wayne Allen Jr. was raised on the Gulf Coast of Texas. He graduated from Sweeny High School in 1997, enlisted in the Navy in December 2001, and attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL. After that, he completed Electronic Warfare ‘A’ and ‘C’ schools at Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station Pensacola, FL.

He reported aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in May 2003 as an Electronic Warfare Technician. On the JFK, he survived the EW/CTT merger, and deployed in support of OIF. He earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualifications.

He then reported to Center for Information Dominance in May 2006 where he was Course Manager for the AN/SLQ-32A(V)4 Maintenance Course, and earned designation as a Master Training Specialist. He was also assigned as Leading Petty Officer of Charlie Battalion, where he served as a Naval Military Training Instructor.

In January 2010, he reported aboard USS Cape St. George (CG 71) where he served as OT Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, and deployed twice in support of OND and OEF. He also completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University.

In August 2013, he reported to Afloat Training Group Mayport, FL where he served as Combat Systems Team Lead. There, he earned the Afloat Training Specialist designation, attended the Senior Enlisted Academy, and was selected into the Command Senior Chief Program.

CMDCM Allen currently serves aboard USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Gold Crew in Mayport, FL as the Command Master Chief.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (6), Navy Good Conduct Medal (5), and various unit and campaign awards.

PLANKOWNER TRIAD
CDR Todd D. Peters
Commanding Officer | LCS Crew 109

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Commander Peters enlisted in the Navy in October 1990, graduating from Recruit Training Command Great Lakes Illinois as a member of Hall of Fame Company 91-905. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and History from Troy University and a Master of National Security Affairs concentrated in Middle East History and Politics from Naval Postgraduate School. He commissioned through Officer Candidate School in April 2000.

At sea, Commander Peters served as an Electronics Technician in USS SCRANTON (SSN 756); Electrical Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and Training Officer in USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36); Navigator and Navigation, Executive and Training Department Head in USS RAMAGE (DDG 61); Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer in USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58); Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) and Executive Officer in LCS Crew 109. During his afloat tours, Commander Peters completed four extended deployments to the Arabian Gulf, one deployment to South America and two deployments to the Arctic Circle as well as numerous multi-national exercises and fleet operations.

Ashore, Commander Peters served as Leading Instructor for Electronic Warfare Team Training, AN/BPS-16 Radar Combined Maintenance and AN/UPX-28 IFF Combined, Intermediate and Depot Maintenance at Trident Training Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia. He had Command of Navy Operational Support Center Augusta, Georgia where he led 285 Sailors in support of eight gaining Commands including Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOURTEEN, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL and Naval Hospital Beaufort, SC. Throughout this tour NOSC Augusta maintained the highest mobilization and readiness rates in the Naval Reserve and successfully mobilized more than 30 Sailors. During his most recent shore tour he was assigned to the Staff of United States Naval Forces Southern Command and United States FOURTH Fleet as Operational Support Officer and Deputy Personnel Officer before assuming duties as Director of Current Operations and Senior Watch Officer.

Commander Peters is married to the former Mary Beth Newhouse of Morley, Michigan and they enjoy sharing their home with five miniature Dachshunds; Sophia, Fiona, Zoey, Dunkin and Tucker. Commander Peters’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various unit and campaign awards, including six Battle Efficiency Awards.

CDR Lenard C. Mitchell
Executive Officer | LCS Crew 109

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A native of Canton, Mississippi, Commander Lenard Mitchell enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1990.  As an enlisted Sailor, he served as a member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Washington, DC and as an Operations Specialist in USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN 25).   He was then selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program and commissioned through the Naval ROTC program.  A cum laude graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge (2000), he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Commander Mitchell also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Southern University (2006), and he earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security & Strategic Studies and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) – Phase I certification upon completing the resident curriculum at the U.S. Naval War College (2011).

Afloat, Commander Mitchell completed an extended Division Officer tour in USS DEYO (DD 989) as the Tomahawk Strike Officer then as Combat Systems Officer.  During this tour, he completed two operational deployments during which his Strike Team conducted over two dozen successful Tomahawk strike engagements.  Commander Mitchell served his Department Head tours as the Weapons Officer then as Combat Systems Officer in USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64).  During these tours, he also completed two operational deployments in support Operation Enduring Freedom, Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) and Counter-Piracy operations and participated in several multinational exercises.  During his three-year tenure, USS GETTYSBURG earned three consecutive Battle “E” awards, including three Black “E” awards for Maritime Warfare Excellence as well as the 2007/2008 Arizona Memorial Trophy for superior performance in all facets of combat readiness.  Commander Mitchell reported to LCS Crew 109 as the Executive Officer in March 2017.

Ashore, Commander Mitchell served as the Navigation Instructor, Junior and Senior Class Advisor, and Lead Recruiter in Southern University NROTC Unit.  He later served as Maritime Current Operations Officer and Executive Assistant for the Director of Operations (J3) at U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Headquarters in Miami, Florida.  Commander Mitchell most recently served as the Combat Systems Director, Tactical Mentor and Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) at Afloat Training Group, Mayport, Florida.

Commander Mitchell’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) as well as multiple unit and campaign awards.

CMDCM (SW/EXW/IDW)
Joseph P. Reynolds
Command Master Chief | LCS Crew 109

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Master Chief Reynolds is a native of Westport, MA. In 1995 he completed Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL and Yeoman “A” School in Meridian, MS.

His duty assignments include: Security Detachment, Roosevelt Roads; USS RAMAGE (DDG 61); Iceland Defense Force; RTC, Great Lakes; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion TWELVE; and NCTAMSLANT Detachment Rota, Spain.  He served as the Command Senior Chief, MCM Crew EXULTANT and is currently the Command Master Chief, LCS Crew 109.

Master Chief Reynolds has qualified as Enlisted Surface, Expeditionary, and Information Dominance Warfare Specialists and earned his Master Training Specialist certification. His decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and campaign awards.