Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Commander Michael R. Wohnhaas, USN, has been selected as the PCO (Prospective Commanding Officer) of USS DETROIT (LCS 7).  A native of Barnesville, Pennsylvania, he is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Official Portrait of
Michael R. Wohnhaas
prior to his promotion
to the rank of Commander
Currently assigned to the Future Ships Requirements (LCS and DDG 1000) Office at Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific (SURFPAC) in Coronado, Calif., he has held many assignments as a surface warfare officer. 
His sea duty assignments include: Communications, Main Propulsion, and Gunnery Officer on USS ANZIO (CG 68) and Damage Control Assistant on USS SUPPLY (AOE 6).  As a department head he served as Combat Systems Officer in USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan; and as Force Protection, Combat Systems, and Training/Readiness Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO SIX.  He was the plankowner Executive Officer of USS WILLIAM P LAWRENCE (DDG 110).

Ashore CDR Wohnhaas taught Damage Control and Gunnery at the Surface Warfare Officers School Division Officer Course in Newport, RI.  More recently he served as the Maritime Operations Officer at the Joint Forces Command Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JFCOM JECC), a deployable headquarters element, where he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2007 CDR Wohnhaas earned a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree in Strategy from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he also earned Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I.  He completed JPME Phase II at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA in 2009 and is a Joint Qualified Officer.

His personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

The USS DETROIT (LCS 7) BLUE & GOLD COMMITTEE, as well as all members of the Metropolitan Detroit Council, Navy League of the United States, looks forward to welcoming CDR Wohnhaas to Detroit soon.  If you'd like to become a member of the Navy League and the "METDET" Council, let me know by sending me an e-mail at  Our Council added 56 new members this past year and we have many programs planned to support our Navy and other other sea services.

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