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CDR J. PATRICK FRIEDMAN
USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771)
From Albany, Louisiana, Commander Friedman graduated from the Louisiana State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After Officer Candidate School, he completed nuclear power and basic submarine training.
He reported in March 1997 for his first submarine assignment on USS HELENA (SSN 725). He served as Main Propulsion Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, and Quality Assurance Officer, and completed a Western Pacific deployment and a 13-month depot modernization period at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before HELENA changed homeports to San Diego, California.
Commander Friedman was then assigned as a shift engineer in June 2000 to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU), Ballston Spa, New York. While at NPTU, he earned a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from The New School University and was certified a Master Training Specialist.
In June 2003 he reported to USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773) as the Engineer Officer. He completed an Eastern Pacific deployment, a Western Pacific deployment, and an intermediate dry docking that included a dual-media discharge. During his time aboard, the ship earned the COMSUBRON SEVEN Battle "E" in 2003 and 2005, the Engineering "E" in 2003, and the CNO Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for 2003.
Next, Commander Friedman reported to Commander Submarine Squadron SEVEN in December 2005 as Material Officer. In that capacity, he oversaw deployment preparations for six submarines.
In April 2008 Commander Friedman reported aboard USS PENNSYLVANIA (BLUE) (SSBN 735) as Executive Officer. While onboard, he completed three strategic deterrent patrols and commenced an extended refueling overhaul period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During his tour PENNSYLVANIA earned the 2008 COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN Battle Efficiency "E" and the Navy League Outstanding Trident Performance Award.
Next, Commander Friedman reported to Naval Reactors in February 2010 as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Officer Policies and Plans.
In October of 2012 Commander Friedman reported aboard USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771) as Commanding Officer.
Commander Friedman's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).