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MSC Biographies


Capt. Todd B. Penrod

MSC Europe/Africa Commander

16 July 2024
Captain Todd B. Penrod
Captain Todd B. Penrod
Captain Todd B. Penrod
Captain Todd B. Penrod
Captain Todd B. Penrod
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VIRIN: 240716-N-IS698-0001
Capt. Todd Penrod is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. His enlisted as-signments include: Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) in Mayport, Florida, USS Orion (AS 18) forward de-ployed in La Maddalena, Italy, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Ja-pan, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in Mayport, Florida where, as a Chief Petty officer he received his commission via the Chief Warrant Officer/Limited Duty Officer program in 2001.

At sea, he served in the wardrooms of USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and USS Gridley (DDG 101). Capt. Penrod also served in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan, as the Executive officer and Commanding officer in USS Avenger (MCM 1), Commanding officer in USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and Executive officer and Commanding officer in USS Mustin (DDG 89).

Ashore, he served as a Training Liaison Officer at AFLOAT TRAINING GROUP PACIFIC and later attended the Naval War College as an in-resident student earning a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (EUROPE/RUSSIA focus) and completed his JPME Phase 1 requirements. Following that assignment, he served as the U.S. SIXTH Fleet Command Center Director supporting full-spectrum operations in USEUCOM, USAFRICOM, and USCENTCOM AORs.

Capt. Penrod also held command ashore, commanding Afloat Training Group, Western Pacific headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan. Following this tour, he received the Japan Defense Cooperation Award for his work in strengthening the USN/JMSDF bilateral relationship. He most recently served in the Operations Directorate as the J7 Assistant Chief of Staff for STRIKFORNATO while also performing duties as the Senior U.S. Representative. Capt. Penrod is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and the U.S. Naval War College (with Distinction).

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