OLD IRONSIDES' OFFICERS & CREW

Potrait of Officer John Benda in his historic uniform

COMMANDING OFFICER

JOHN A. BENDA
COMMANDER, UNITED STATES NAVY
76TH COMMANDING OFFICER
USS CONSTITUTION

CDR Benda was raised in Dedham, MA. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation in 2001, he was commissioned as an Ensign through the College of the Holy Cross NROTC program.

CDR Benda's sea tours include: USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) as Communications Officer. ASHLAND deployed with Amphibious Task Force East in January 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Amphibious Squadron Seven as Assistant Operations Officer embarked on USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), which participated in Operation Unified Assistance; USS GARY (FFG 51) as his first department head tour from April 2009 until June 2010 where he deployed to the SOUTHCOM AOR and conducted counter narcotics operations. He was recognized for his efforts by being selected as the Commander Naval Surface Forces Leadership Award recipient. From July 2010 until Dec. 2011 he served as Operations Officer for Amphibious Squadron One, deploying again to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility embarked on USS BOXER (LHD 4) in support of theater security operations and national tasking; and aboard USS ESSEX (LHD 2) where he served as Damage Control Assistant.

Ashore, CDR Benda's first tour was served as Training Liaison Officer Afloat for Training Group Pacific. After taking several ships through the Unit Level Training Cycle, he was chosen as an individual augment to Joint Task Force 515 Forward as Operations Officer aboard USNS GySgt Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017) in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom; and as instructor and module lead for Expeditionary Warfare at Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI.

From Nov. 2017 until Oct. 2019, CDR Benda served as the executive officer of USS CONSTITUTION, America's Ship of State.

CDR Benda is a Feb. 2013 graduate of the Naval War College.

 

Portrait of LCDR Andrew Broyles in his historic uniform

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

ANDREW D. BROYLES
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, UNITED STATES NAVY
EXECUTIVE OFFICER
USS CONSTITUTION

LCDR Broyles was raised on a farm near Lamesa, TX and graduated from Lamesa High School in 1995. He enlisted into the Navy on 21 Jan 1999, attended boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. He then transferred to Naval Nuclear Power School, Charleston, SC in Apr 1999. In Nov 2000, he transferred to USS BUFFALO (SSN 715), in Pearl Harbor, HI, as a Nuclear Field Electrician. While aboard USS BUFFALO he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class and became Electrical Division's Leading Petty Officer. In March 2004 he transferred back to Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit as an instructor. While there he received his degree in Human Resource Management.

LCDR Broyles was accepted to Officer Candidate School and received his Commission in Nov 2007. He transferred to USS HUE CITY (CG 66) in Mayport, FL. He held the jobs of Repair Officer, Ships Materials and Maintenance Officer, and Fire Control Officer. He completed his MBA with a management concentration at Jacksonville University while serving as a Naval Science Instructor at the ROTC Unit. In 2015 he transferred to USS NEW YORK (LPD 21) as the Combat Systems Officer, then to USS BILLINGS (LCS 15) Blue Crew "The Krakens" as the Operations Officer.

Qualifications include: Tactical Action Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, Engineering Officer of the Watch, Officer of the Deck (U/W), Anti Air Weapons Coordinator, Command Duty Officer and Anti-Terrorism Tactical Watch Officer.

Awards include: Four Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and two Good Conduct Medals.

 

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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