Captain Carl Trask
Commander, Submarine Squadron 15
Captain Carl Trask, a native of Glendora, California, received his Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps commission in 1999 upon graduating from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Trask’s sea duty assignments include commanding officer on USS CONNECTICUT (SSN 22), executive officer on USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21), weapons officer of USS CHEYENNE (SSN 773), and division officer on USS HOUSTON (SSN 713), and USS PORTSMOUTH (SSN 707). During his seagoing career, he has made numerous deployments arount the world from the Western Pacific and Northern Atlantic. While commanding officer of USS CONNECTICUT (SSN 22) from May 2017 through August 2019, the boat performed ICEX 2018 and a West Pacific deployment and earned the Battle Efficiency ‘E’ for 2018 and 2019.
His ashore tours include deputy director of intelligence for battlespace awareness and special programs to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the operations officer for Submarine Squadron SEVEN, and the Branch Chief for Ballistic Missile Requirements and Resources for United States Strategic Command, and as special operations director for Commander Task Force 74.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards. Captain Trask was also awarded the 2019 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale award for inspirational leadership.