Commander Joseph Oravec
Commanding Officer, NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity
Commander Joseph Oravec is the 28th Commanding Officer for NSWCDD –DNA. He is a native of Tampa, Florida, CDR Oravec entered the Navy via Officer Candidates School in 1999.
His first at sea assignment was as Fire Control Officer onboard USS Stump (DD-978); his second was as Weapons Officer onboard USS Whirlwind (PC-11). He then attended Naval Postgraduate School and earned a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering and Analysis from the Wayne E. Meyer Institute.
Oravec attended Surface Warfare Officer Department Head School and his subsequent tours were as Chief Engineer onboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) in Sasebo, Japan; as a diesel engineering assessor at Engineering Assessments Pacific (formerly ATG N82); and as the Officer in Charge of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Counter-Measures (MCM) Detachment One.
During that tour, he volunteered for a one-year individual augmentee assignment as an embedded trainer with the Iraqi Navy in Umm Qasr, Iraq. He served as the head of engineering training and as executive officer of the coalition and joint training team based in Umm Qasr.
On his return from Iraq, he conducted a lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community and attended EDO Basic School. He served as a Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) Technical Representative at the Raytheon Missile Systems facility in Tucson, Arizona. His responsibilities included the ESSM, RAM, and JUWL programs. His next assignment was SM-3 IA/IB Program Manager (AGP) for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (AB) in the Missile Defense Agency. He was responsible for SM-3 IA/IB missile production, sustainment, and development.
Prior to his current assignment, Oravec served as the Air Dominance Department (A-Department) Officer at Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division (NSWC-PHD) responsible for in-service engineering, logistics, availability execution, and live fire test execution support of the AEGIS weapon system, BMD, CEC, VLS, ESSM and SM, and various other surface combat system elements.
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) along with various other deployment and service awards. He is DAWIA Level Three certified in both Program Management and Engineering.