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.