Commander Todd Mencke
Commander Todd Mencke
A native of Tucson, Arizona, CDR Mencke graduated from Marana High School in 1988 and enlisted as a Machinist's Mate in the Naval Nuclear Power Program in December 1988. During nuclear power training he was selected to attend the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program, a one-year college preparatory program. Following completion of BOOST, he attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating and receiving his commission in May 1995.
CDR Mencke's initial sea duty assignment was as the Strike Warfare Officer in USS HEWITT (DD 966) stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Following Naval Nuclear Power Training, he served as the Reactor Mechanical Division Officer in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). CDR Mencke served on shore as the Force Protection Officer and Operations Administrative Officer at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. Following completion of Department Head training, he served as the Administrative Office for Destroyer Squadron 31 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
CDR Mencke returned to sea as Operations Officer in USS PORTER (DDG 78) in Norfolk, Virginia during which time PORTER earned the Battle Efficiency Award and earned the Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic nomination for the Battenburg Cup. He then served as the Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). During CDR Mencke's most recent sea duty assignment, he served as the Damage Control Assistant in USS WASP (LHD 1).
CDR Mencke then served as the Water Side Joint Working Group Lead Action Officer for the Joint Staff in Norfolk, Virginia, in which capacity he was responsible for the Global Force Management of Naval ship presence to all geographic Combatant Commanders.
In June 2014, CDR Mencke reported as the Executive Officer and Associate Professor of Naval Science at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at The University of Arizona.
CDR Mencke's personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, along with other unit and service awards. CDR Mencke and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 18 years and have four children, Brian (16), Carl (12), Jonathan (8), and Benjamin (1).