Captain Daniel D. Arensmeyer

Commanding Officer - Professor of Naval Science

CAPT Dan Arensmeyer hails from Choteau, MT and graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1989 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Following initial nuclear power training in Orlando, FL and Idaho Falls, ID, he attended the Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, CT and reported to his first ship, the USS ALASKA (SSBN 732)(BLUE) in May 1991. While onboard USS ALASKA, he served at the SONAR/ TORPEDO officer, MAIN PROPULSION ASSISTANT, DAMAGE CONTROL ASSISTANT, and COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER and completed six strategic deterrent patrols.

In 1994, he transferred to the Naval Submarine Training Center in Pearl Harbor Hawaii for instructor duty and as the Submarine Tactics Department Director.

From January to June 1997, he completed the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, CT and reported to the USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773) as the Engineer Officer. While onboard CHEYENNE, he completed Post-Shakedown Availability in Newport News, VA, a change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, HI and one deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Following his department head tour, CAPT Arensmeyer reported to the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board where he served as a Junior Board Member until 2002. From 2002 until 2004, CAPT Arensmeyer served as the Executive Officer aboard USS TOLEDO (SSN 769) in Groton, CT. While onboard TOLEDO, he completed two Mediterranean Sea deployments, one of which was a short-notice deployment in support of Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missile strikes associated with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

From 2004 until 2006 he served on the staff of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, NE as the Division Director for Space and Missile Defense Policy and for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Policy.

Following completion of Prospective Commanding Officer training, he assumed Command of the USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)(GOLD) in April 2007. During his Command tour, HENRY M. JACKSON completed a major modernization period, returned to strategic service following re-fueling overhaul, and conducted four strategic deterrent patrols.

From April 2010 until June 2012, CAPT Arensmeyer served at Task Force 69 in Naples, Italy as the Deputy Commander and Director of Submarine Special Operations for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.

He assumed duties as the Commanding Officer, Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps and Professor of Naval Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in July 2012.

CAPT Arensmeyer is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) and various other personal and unit awards.

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick R. Blanchard

Executive Officer - Marine Officer Instructor - Associate Professor of Naval Science

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick R. Blanchard graduated Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and received his commission as a 2ndLt in 1994. Following the Basic School, Second Lieutenant Blanchard commenced naval aviation training in Pensacola, FL and was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1997. EA6B ‘Prowler’ type model series training was completed at VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island, WA.

1stLt Blanchard was assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 (VMAQ-1), MCAS Cherry Point, NC in 1998 where he served in the Maintenance and the Electronic Warfare Departments. While assigned to the BANSHEES, Captain Blanchard flew in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, and SOUTHERN WATCH. During this tour Captain Blanchard graduated from the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor course at MAWTS-1 MCAS Yuma, Arizona.

Captain Blanchard reported back to VAQ-129 as a Flight Instructor in 2001. During his tour Captain Blanchard served in the Tactics Department, Maintenance Department and Standardization and Evaluation Department.

Major Blanchard reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 2004, where he completed a Masters of Arts degree in Strategic Studies and National Defense.

In July 2005 Major Blanchard reported to MCAS Cherry Point and deployed with 2d MAW Fwd TACC in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDON (OIF) 05-07. In 2006 Major Blanchard was assigned to VMAQ-1 and served as the Electronic Warfare Officer and Operations Officer deploying twice in support of OIF; 06-08 and 08.2.

Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard reported to Marine Corps Forces Pacific at Camp Smith, HI in 2009 and served in the G3 as the MARFORPAC Air Officer. In 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard transferred to United States Pacific Command and served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to Commander U.S. Pacific Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard currently serves as the Executive officer, Marine Officer Instructor and Associate Professor of Naval Science at Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard’s personal decorations include the Air Medal-Individual Action (with Combat V), Strike/Fight Air Medal (twenty-first award), Aerial Achievement Medal, and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.