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OLD IRONSIDES' OFFICERS & CREW

Potrait of Commanding Officer Billie Farrell in herhistoric uniform

COMMANDING OFFICER

Billie J. Farrell
COMMANDER, UNITED STATES NAVY
77TH COMMANDING OFFICER
USS CONSTITUTION

CDR Farrell is a native of Paducah, Kentucky.  She attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  She was awarded her Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in 2009.

Her first division officer tour was aboard USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) as Electrical Officer.  She then briefly took over as OI Division Officer before fleeting up as Navigator for her second tour.

After completion of her two division officer tours, CDR Farrell reported to COMNAVPERSCOM in Millington, TN.  She became an Action Officer in PERS-833 (Post Selection Board Matters).   While there, she assumed the duties as Delay Section Head and Assistant Board Screener.  

After departing PERS-833, CDR Farrell started the Department Head pipeline.  She reported to USS San Jacinto (CG 56) in March 2012 as the Weapons Officer.  She then assumed the responsibilities as the Combat Systems Officer onboard.            

Her next tour was as the Deputy Director for Professional Development at the United States Naval Academy.   After departing USNA, CDR Farrell reported to Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic as Deputy N3.  She previously served as Executive Officer onboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69).

Cmdr. Farrell is USS Constitution's 77th Commanding Officer.

CDR Farrell’s awards include (3) Meritorious Service Medal, (4) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, (3) Meritorious Unit Commendation Medals.

 

Portrait of LCDR Raffaele Giarnella in his historic uniform

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

RAFFAELE GIARNELLA
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, UNITED STATES NAVY
EXECUTIVE OFFICER
USS CONSTITUTION

Lieutenant Commander Raffaele Giarnella is a native of New Britain, CT. Enlisting as a Sonar Technician (Surface) in 2006, he completed STG “A” and “C” school at FLEASWTRACEN Pacific, San Diego, CA. Upon completion of training he was accepted to and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He graduated in 2004 from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, NC in 2015.  LCDR Giarnella earned a Master of Arts with a focus on international security from The Fletcher School at Tufts University as part of US Navy’s Politico Military Masters program.

Sea tours include Repair Officer and Assistant 1st LT in USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20), Training Officer in USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), Operations Officer in USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106) and USS SHILOH (CG67) forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. His most recent assignment was N7 Department Head for Training and Certifications at Destroyer Squadron 21 in San Diego, California. 

Ashore, LCDR Giarnella has served as Naval ROTC Instructor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.


Potrait of Senior Chief Seth Miles in his 1812 navy uniform

COMMAND SENIOR CHIEF

SETH MILES
COMMAND SENIOR CHIEF, UNITED STATES NAVY
COMMAND SENIOR CHIEF
USS CONSTITUTION

Command Senior Chief Seth Miles, a native of Payson, Illinois, reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois; July 2000 and began his career as an Intelligence Specialist.

            His assignments include duty with Commander United States Fifth Fleet, Commander United States Sixth Fleet, and selection to Naval Special Warfare Development Group where he conducted multiple combat deployments in support of Joint Task Forces during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He served as the Intelligence “A” School and the Ground Intelligence “C” School Leading Chief Petty Officer at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center. He was the Intelligence Department Leading Chief Petty Officer at Special Reconnaissance Team Two where he supported Joint Special Operations in East Africa. He served as the Intelligence Directorate Senior Enlisted Leader at Commander Undersea Surveillance sand acting Command Master Chief. He was selected into the Command Senior enlisted program in 2021. He is currently serving as the Command Senior Chief at USS CONSTITUTION.

            Miles is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 223/Green) and the COB/CMC Course (Class 229). He earned his Information Warfare, Expeditionary Warfare, Surface Warfare and Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems designations.

            His decorations include Joint Service Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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