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Cmdr. Michael R. Fasano


Officer-in-charge, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Detachment AUTEC


Commander Michael R. Fasano was born in East Patchogue, NY and enlisted in the Navy in February 1991 as a Submarine Electronics Technician. In 2002 he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.

In January 2005, Commander Fasano was commissioned as a Submarine Electronics Limited Duty Officer. His first assignment was onboard USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40) as the Electrical Officer where he completed his qualifications as a Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Officer of the Watch. In December 2006, he reported to COMSUBDEVRON FIVE Detachment Undersea & Development (UR&D), which embarks onboard USS JIMMY CARTER (SSN-23). While onboard JIMMY CARTER, he became the first LDO to earn gold dolphins. In November 2009, he transferred to COMSUBDEVRON FIVE Detachment Sierra as the Assistant Officer in Charge and spent 1-year onboard USS MONTPELIER (SSN-765). In September 2011, he transferred to Naval Base Kitsap staff where he has served as the Operations Officer, Port Operations Officer and the Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Officer. In March of 2014, he transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory (Sea Component) at Port Hueneme, CA where he served as the Ocean Systems Department Head. In November of 2014, he was hand selected to serve as the Afloat Officer in Charge of COMSUBDEVRON FIVE Detachment Undersea & Development (UR&D). In July of 2018, he transferred to Research and Development and Support Activity (RDSA) in Arlington, VA where he serves as a Project Officer.

Commander Fasano holds a BS in Management from the University of Phoenix and a double Masters in Business & Administration and Project Management from Devry’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

He is authorized to wear the Surface Warfare Officer pin, Gold Submarine Dolphins and the Information Warfare Officer pin as well as the Gold Deep Submergence Insignia. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards) the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (8 Awards), various other campaign and unit awards.

Commander Fasano is married to the former Debbie Dahnke of Madison WI who resides with him in Alexandria, VA.