Director of Ocean Engineering
Captain McCord was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1973 after graduating from Purdue University with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering. His first Navy assignment was to the USS Jason (AR 8) where he served as the Assistant First Lieutenant, Ordnance Repair, Hull Repair and Diving and Salvage Officer from 1973 to 1976.
He was designated an Engineering Duty Officer during his second assignment at Harbor Clearance Unit Two where he was the Operations and Training Officer from 1976 to 1977. In his next assignment, he was an Assistant Ship Superintendent at Norfolk Naval Shipyard from 1977 to 1978. From 1978 to 1981, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned two degrees: Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; and the degree of Ocean Engineering. He served from 1981 to 1984 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a Ship Superintendent, Docking Officer, Type Desk Officer, Diving and Salvage Officer, and Assistant Repair Officer. From 1984 until 1987 he was assigned to Commander Service Force Sixth Fleet as the Assistant Fleet Maintenance Officer and Sixth Fleet Salvage Officer.
As the Repair Officer in USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37), he served from 1987 to 1990. During this tour the ship made two six month deployments from her homeport in Alameda, Calif., to the Gulf of Oman and the Western Pacific. Capt. McCord was assigned to the staff of the Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet as the Fleet Intermediate Maintenance Coordinator and the Fleet Diving and Salvage Officer from 1990 to 1994.
He is currently serving at the Naval Sea Systems Command as the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving and Director of Ocean Engineering.
During his Navy career, Capt. McCord has received the following awards: American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Claud A. Jones Award for significant contributions in Naval Engineering, ASNE Brand Award for Academic Excellence from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal, the Department of Defense Humanitarian Service Medal for his work during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, and various unit and campaign medals.