Chief of Staff
Cmdr. Michael B Albus
A native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, Cmdr. Albus graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In February 2001, he completed flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Aviator and a place on the Commodore’s List with Distinction for Academic and Flight Excellence.
Albus reported to Fleet Replacement Squadron, Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) in Jacksonville, FL for initial training in the P-3C aircraft. Upon completion of training, he reported to the “Grey Knights” of Patrol Squadron FOUR SIX (VP-46) stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from 2001-2004. During this tour he completed two deployments: In 2002 to Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait where he flew in the first P-3 overland missions in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM and in 2004 to Misawa and Kadena, Japan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES. While assigned to the Grey Knights, he served as the Airframes Branch Officer, Aircrew Training Officer, and Pilot NATOPS Officer while earning designations of Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, and ACTC Level 5 Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI).
In October of 2004, Albus was selected to return to the “Pro’s Nest” as an FRS Instructor Pilot. While there, he served with the Weapons and Tactics Unit (WTU) and Fleet NATOPS Evaluation Team. Albus held positions as an Instructor Under-Training Course Instructor (IUT-I) and the Crew Resource Management Program Manager responsible for the standardization and evaluation of all commands employing P-3C Orion aircraft.
From September 2007 to July 2009, Albus served as the first fully qualified Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer on board USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77). After successfully orchestrating one of the most viewed commissioning ceremonies in naval history, he set sail as a critical member of the flight deck certification and sea trials team to prepare the last of the NIMITZ class carriers for her maiden deployment.
Following his CVN tour, CDR Albus earned an in-residence Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Albus reported once again to VP-46 in January 2011 where he served as the Operations Officer and completed a deployment to FIFTH Fleet (ISA AB, Bahrain/Al Udeid AB, Qatar).
In May 2013, he was assigned to USPACOM as the Joint Exercise and Readiness Officer, program manager for Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO), and core planner for the Deployable Joint Task Force Augmentation Cell (DJTFAC).
Albus reported for duty as the Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) “Red Lancers” at NAS Jacksonville, FL in April 2016. After completing VP-10’s inaugural P-8 deployment to 7th Fleet he assumed duties as the 81st Commanding Officer. Following a highly dynamic FRTP with multiple real-world operations and a deployment to 6th Fleet, Albus reported to CPRG as the N5/7/8 and now Chief of Staff.
Albus’ personal decorations include the Defense Service Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Valor (5), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various other unit and service awards.