Cmdr. John Bartak

Chief of Staff, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8

02 July 2021

A native of Ohio, CDR John Bartak enlisted in 1993. He was a prior Deck Seaman and Operations Specialist aboard USS Detroit (AOE 4) and selected for the Seaman-to-Admiral Program. CDR Bartak attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in May of 1998. CDR Bartak earned a B.S. in Sociology from Excelsior College and a M.A. in National Security Affairs (Eastern Europe) from The Naval Post Graduate School.

CDR Bartak has deployed to operational areas in the Middle East, Eastern and Western Asia, South America, South Africa, Europe and Northern Europe, and The Baltic. He served in units supporting Operation Provide Promise, Operation Sharp Guard, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Active Endeavor.

At sea his assignments include Combat Information Center Officer and Electrical Officer on USS Crommelin (FFG 37), Air Warfare Officer on USS San Jacinto (CG 56), Operations Officer aboard USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) with the Bulkeley earning the Arizona Memorial Trophy, Combat Systems Officer and Operations Officer with Destroyer Squadron Twenty Two, Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Officer and Assistant Surface Operations Officer in Carrier Strike Group Twelve / Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and, Executive Officer aboard USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58).

Ashore, he served in the Fleet Readiness Reporting Directorate at U.S. Fleet Forces Command and returned to serve as Executive Assistant for the Shore and Environmental Readiness Directorate. Prior to being assigned to Amphibious Squadron 8, CDR Bartak served as Commanding Officer of Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest from January 2017 – December 2018.

CDR Bartak holds various decorations and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards). He has served in Afloat Units earning five Navy “Battle E” awards and various unit and campaign awards.


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