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Captain Beene was raised in Pflugerville, TX, the son of a combat seasoned WWII Gunner’s Mate First Class who left the Navy at war’s end only to come back into the service two years later to complete a 17 year career as a Cold War B-52 Stratofortress Command Pilot. Captain Beene followed in his father’s footsteps, enlisting in the Navy in June 1977. After serving aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59) and USS Yosemite (AD 19), he completed Deep Sea Diver training in April 1980. His diver assignments include: Naval Submarine Support Facility, Groton, CT; USS Pigeon (ASR 21); and Submarine Development Group ONE Mare Island, CA. His highest enlisted rank achieved was Senior Chief Hull Maintenance Technician.

Commissioned, via the Limited Duty Officer Program, in April 1989, Captain Beene served aboard USS Shenandoah (AD 44) as the Diving & Salvage Officer. He completed EOD training in June 1993; serving in various operational and training billets:

  • OIC EODMU TWO Detachment FOUR
  • OIC EODMU TWO Detachments Keflavik Iceland and Newport, RI
  • CO EODTEU ONE San Diego, CA
  • OIC JIEDDO Navy Center of Excellence
  • Director USSOCOM Combating WMD Support Program
  • CO Center for EOD and Diving Panama City, FL.

He is a qualified Deep Sea Diver, Saturation Diver, Enlisted Submarine Warfare Specialist, Surface Warfare Officer, Military Freefall Parachutist, Master EOD Technician, Joint Duty Officer, and EOD Officer. Utilizing various off-duty education programs, he has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from New York Regents University and a Master’s Degree in Management from Troy State University. In January 2007 he was redesignated as an unrestricted line EOD Officer.

Captain Beene’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (8) and the Navy Achievement Medal (3).

Captain and Rosalind Beene have been married for 31 years; they have two sons: Luke and Cole.

Captain James C. Beene

CAPT James C. Beene, USN
Commanding Officer