THOMAS M. CALABRESE
CAPTAIN, U.S. NAVY
Captain Calabrese is a native of Levittown, New York and attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating with distinction in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first submarine assignment was aboard USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN 626)(GOLD) until June 1989. Following this assignment, he returned to the United States Naval Academy, serving on the staff as a Company Officer until September 1991.
After completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in March 1992, Captain Calabrese was assigned as Engineer Officer of USS VON STEUBEN (SSBN 632)(BLUE). In March 1993, he reported to USS CAVALLA (SSN 684) as Engineer Officer and participated in a Western Pacific deployment. Upon completion of his tour in March 1995, he served as Director of Academics, Enlisted Department, at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.
In June 1997, Captain Calabrese reported to USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765) as Executive Officer and completed a North Atlantic deployment. He then served as Prospective Executive Officer Instructor at Naval Submarine School.
On 5 December 2001, Captain Calabrese relieved as Commanding Officer, USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727)(BLUE). On 17 October 2003, he assumed command of both crews prior to a 30 month Engineered Refueling Overhaul and conversion to an SSGN at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During his tour, MICHIGAN completed four strategic deterrent patrols, earned the COMPACFLT Retention Excellence Award for two consecutive years, was nominated for the USCINCSTRAT Omaha Trophy and was awarded the 2003 Squadron 17 Battle Efficiency “E”.
Following his command tour, Captain Calabrese attended the National War College and earned a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy in June 2005. He then completed a joint tour while serving as the Chief, Assessments Division on the U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System Support Staff, in Falls Church, Virginia. In September 2007, he reported to the CNO’s staff as the N5 Joint Actions Branch Head.
On 30 October 2008, Captain Calabrese relieved as Commanding Officer, USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728)(GOLD). While he was in command, FLORIDA completed three Central Command deployments, participated in Joint Task Force Operation ODYSSEY DAWN, was awarded the 2010 Squadron 16 Battle Efficiency “E” and earned the U.S. Fleet Forces Command Retention Excellence Award for 2009 and 2010.
Captain Calabrese currently serves as the Commanding Officer, Naval ROTC Unit, Carnegie Mellon University.