SHIP’S LEADERSHIP
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.