Rear Adm. Jeff Trussler is originally from Miami, Oklahoma, graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 with a Master of Arts in Managerial Economics and was a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest.
His previous shore and staff assignments include Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) command center watch officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) nuclear propulsion examining board (NPEB), two tours at the Navy Personnel Command (NPC), the Joint Staff and the Navy Staff, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6).
At sea and operational assignments, he served as a division officer on USS Honolulu (SSN 718), engineer officer on USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) and executive officer on USS Columbus (SSN 762). He commanded USS Maryland (SSBN 738)(Blue) in Kings Bay, Georgia, and Task Force 69 for the U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy.
Trussler’s first flag assignment was as commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC) where he was responsible for training, assessment, tactical development and analysis of Undersea Warfare capabilities.
Trussler was the recipient of the Naval Submarine League’s Rear Adm. Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command for 2006. A member of the Cherokee Nation, he was the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Executive Excellence award winner for 2008.