An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


Leadership

Cmdr. Christopher W. Van Loenen

Commanding Officer, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)

22 January 2024

Official studio photo of Cmdr. Christopher W. Van Loenen, Commanding Officer, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
Official studio photo of Cmdr. Christopher W. Van Loenen, Commanding Officer, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
Official studio photo of Cmdr. Christopher W. Van Loenen, Commanding Officer, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)
Photo By: U.S. Navy photo
VIRIN: 210510-N-AA123-1002

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Commander Van Loenen enlisted in 1997 and served onboard USS STETHEM (DDG 63) as an Operations Specialist Second Class.  In 2000, he was selected for the Broaden Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training program and later joined the College of the Holy Cross NROTC unit.  Commander Van Loenen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester State College and a Masters of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

A career surface warfare officer, Commander Van Loenen shipboard assignments include: USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG 85) as Main Propulsion Division Officer and Anti-submarine Warfare Officer, USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) as Navigator, USS PORTER (DDG 78) as Chief Engineer, AMPHIBIOUS SQUADRON 1 as Logistics Officer and Operations Officer, and USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) as Executive Officer.  Ashore, he served as an officer instructor at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Command, and he also served as a maritime warfare instructor at the Surface Warfare Officer School. 

His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.

Commander Van Loenen assumed command in December 2022.


 
USFF.mil  |  Navy.com  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act 
USA.gov  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |   VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |   DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact US
 
Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet     |     7927 Ingersol Street, Suite 150     |     Norfolk, VA 23551-2487
Official U.S. Navy Website
Veteran's Crisis Line