CDR Jeremy Gillespie
Gov. Thomas Johnson NJROTC
1501 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Office: Room 1441
CDR Jeremy Gillespie, USN (Retired)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Commander Gillespie entered the Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1979. Following commissioning as an Ensign in May 1983, he completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, receiving his wings in June 1985. A specialist in maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare, his operational flying was in P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft, in which accumulated over 2,500 hours as a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot.
Commander Gillespie’s operational assignments included flying tours with the Blue Geese of VP-22 out of NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, and the Tridents of VP-26 homeported at NAS Brunswick, Maine. He also served as Flag Secretary on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT, deploying to the Mediterranean and Red Seas on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and to the Caribbean on board USS Wasp (LHD 1) as the J1 for Commander, Joint Task Force 120 during Operation Support Democracy, the embargo of Haiti. Commander Gillespie’s final operational tour was as the Safety Officer on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Joining the carrier during her maiden deployment in April 2001, he saw the crew safely through the ship’s inaugural Planned Incremental Availability, a compressed post-9/11 work-up cycle and second deployment, including combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with no shipboard loss of life, serious injuries or mishaps.
Commander Gillespie’s shore assignments included duty as a Company Officer and Executive Assistant to the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, and as a Strategic Planner and Analyst on the staff of the Director, Air Warfare at the Pentagon. Additionally, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction and earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Commander Gillespie’s final shore tour was at the Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC, where he served for two years as Director, Naval Warfare Division and Editor-in-Chief of Naval Aviation News magazine. He was then asked to lead the newly-formed Navy Museums Division, overseeing the reorganization of the Navy’s twelve, formerly independent, official museums as part of an integrated museum system. Commander Gillespie retired after 28 years on active duty in August 2007. He then accepted a civilian position with the Department of the Navy as a Program Manager in order to complete the establishment of the Navy Museum System.
In July 2009, Commander Gillespie was selected to serve as Senior Naval Science Instructor for the newly-established Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia—the first JROTC program in the history of Loudoun County. During his eight-year tenure, he oversaw a steady expansion of the program, which was recognized by the Navy both for Unit Achievement (2016) as a Distinguished Unit (2015, 2017) as one of the top NJROTC programs in the country. In August 2017, Commander Gillespie accepted the Senior Naval Science Instructor position for the NJROTC Unit at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland.
Commander Gillespie’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals and various unit, service and campaign awards. He currently resides in Walkersville, Maryland.