Commander John P. Geisen, USN
Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, Commander Geisen graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and was commissioned an Ensign through the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Graduating at the top of his winging class in May 1986 Commander Giesen selected the Navy's newest Anti-submarine Warfare aircraft, the Sikorsky SH-60B LAMPS MKIII Seahawk and served in three Fleet Squadrons - the PROUD WARRIORS of HSL-42 stationed in Mayport, FL, the World Famous WARLORDS of HSL-51 stationed in Atsugi, Japan and the VIPERS of HSL-48 stationed in Mayport, FL. As the LAMPS pilot he completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation EARNEST WILL (1988) and SOUTHERN WATCH (1993/1994) and also deployed in support of UNITAS (1997), a joint, multinational deployment around South America. His fourth deployment was in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) as the Weapons Officer )aka Gun Boss) where he participated in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM (2002/2003).
Ashore, Commander Geisen first served at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA and earned his Masters Degree in Operations Research. He also served as a Math Instructor at the Naval Academy where he taught calculus to the plebes and also Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Programs Analysis and Evaluation as a cost analyst for the Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG).
Upon completing his tour in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) Commander Geisen reported to the United States Naval Academy where he again instructed in the Math Department and also served as its Associate Chair. Toward the end of his tour at the Academy Commander Geisen volunteered to serve as an Individual Augmentee and deployed to Iraq as a division Electronic Warfare Officer for the Army's 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) in Balad, Iraq.
Commander Geisen's personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various service and campaign awards.
CDR Geisen is married to the former Ellen Rosemark and they have four children, Brian, Gretchen, Hannah and Molly. They currently reside in Annapolis, Maryland.