Commander Todd A. Santala
Commanding Officer, USS Alexandria
Commander Santala earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 1998 and was commissioned in September from Officer Candidate School.
Commander Santala served on USS Florida (SSBN 728) (Blue) in Bangor, WA, where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols, earned a Battle Efficiency "E" and completed a change of homeport to Norfolk, VA, to begin the SSGN conversion.
Commander Santala then reported to Commander, Submarine Group EIGHT, Naples, Italy, as a staff watch officer. In 2004, he was transferred to Portsmouth, England, as an exchange officer where he served as Tomahawk Land Attack Missile and Special Forces Officer to the Royal Navy.
In 2006, Commander Santala reported to USS Miami (SSN 755) as Engineer and completed CENTCOM and EUCOM deployments where the ship earned the Battle Efficiency "E" and a Presidential Unit Citation. He then served as Flag Secretary to Commander, Navy Installations Command from 2009-2011.
Commander Santala served as Executive Officer on USS Texas (SSN 775), where the ship completed a WESTPAC deployment, earned a Battle Efficiency "E" and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation. He was then assigned as Executive Officer on USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), where he deployed to the CENTCOM and WESTPAC areas of responsibility. In 2013, he reported to Naval Special Warfare Group THREE in Pearl Harbor, HI, as Chief Staff Officer.
Commander Santala's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and several other unit and personal decorations.