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NSWC Dahlgren to get new commander
A Navy officer with 21 years’ experience in the fleet, who most recently served on the Standard Missile Program, will be the new commander of the largest tenant command on the Dahlgren base.
Capt. Brian R. Durant will take the helm of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the King George County installation.
Durant replaces the outgoing commander, Capt. Michael H. Smith, who came to Dahlgren in July 2010 after serving as deputy program manager for the Zumwalt Class Program at the Washington Navy Yard.
Durant began his Navy career in 1992 as ordnance officer and main propulsion and damage-control assistant aboard the USS Jarrett, a guided-missile frigate.
During that tour, he qualified as surface warfare officer and engineering officer of the watch.
During his engineering duty officer tour, he served as ship superintendent, type desk officer and command docking officer at the Naval Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka, Japan.
In 2002, he was a strike-group manager responsible for command, control, communications, computer and intelligence modernization for ships in the Pacific Fleet.
From 2004 to 2006, Durant served as an assistant program manager with the Navy Multi-band Terminal satellite communications system.
He was a senior inspector, conducting material inspections and new-ship trials, from 2006 to 2008, including a six-month tour at Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa in Djibouti.
From August 2008 to December 2009, he served as technical director for the Future Cruiser Program Office, and in January 2010 became executive assistant to Rear Adm. William Landay III.
He served in the Standard Missile Program from September 2010 to September 2013.
Durant is a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a master’s in mechanical engineering.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He is married, with three daughters.
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