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Senior Naval Science Instructor
TODD S. SCHAPLER
Captain, United States Navy (Retired)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Captain Schapler is a 1984 graduate of the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Foreign Affairs/Russian Studies. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1986 and flew the S-3A/B Viking in his Active Duty career.
His first fleet assignment was with VS-22 at NAS Cecil Field, Florida, in 1987, deploying to the Mediterranean Ocean and the Caribbean and transitioning to the S-3B. In 1989 he was assigned to VS-27, the VS Fleet Replacement Squadron where he served in various instructor billets and was selected as the VS Pilot Instructor of the Year for 1992. In 1992 he was assigned to Carrier Air Wing THREE as the Anti-Submarine / Anti-Surface Warfare and TLAM Strike Officer, deploying twice to the Mediterranean Ocean and Persian Gulf. In 1994 he was assigned to as Department Head in VS-21 in Atsugi, Japan where he deployed to the South Pacific, Yellow Sea and Persian Gulf. In 1996 he was assigned to VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland where he served as Operations Officer and as the Director of the Navy's Air Anti-Submarine Readiness and Evaluation Measuring (AIREM) Program.
Captain Schapler affiliated with the Navy Reserve in 1999. His assignments include Navy Reserve Tactical Support Center, Sigonella, IT, Navy Reserve Battle Group Staff EIGHT and Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group TWELVE where he served as the Chief Staff Officer. Captain Schapler was mobilized to active duty in October 2005 for assignment as Officer in Charge of an Embedded Training Team to the Afghan National Army, advising the Commanders of the Darulaman and Pol-E-Charkhi Garrisons in Kabul, Afghanistan. Upon his return from Afghanistan he reported to US Central Command where he served as Chief of Operations of the Joint Operations Center and was selected to stand up the billet of CENTCOM Liaison Officer to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He demobilized in July 2007 but was recalled to active duty to US Central Command in July 2008 as Chief of Operations. He retired from active duty in March 2013 as the Deputy Chief of Current Operations and commanded the team responsible for monitoring and reporting all operational developments throughout the Central Command Area of Responsibility.
Captain Schapler holds a Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is a Project Management Professional. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and various unit, service and campaign awards. Captain Schapler’s flying experience includes over 5000 hours of flight time and over 450 arrested landing on 14 different aircraft carriers. He has two children, Maclain and Aedan and is married to the former Sandra Willingham of Seattle, Washington. They reside in Port Orchard, Washington.
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Naval Science Instructor
Michael E. Kindred
Chief Warrant Officer 3
United States Navy (Retired)
Chief Warrant Officer Kindred was raised in La Mirada, CA and Winlock, WA where he graduated from Winlock High School in 1984. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1985. Attending Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA. CWO Kindred reported to the USS Peoria (LST-1183) home ported in San Diego, CA for his first operational command where he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.
In 1989, CWO Kindred was assigned to Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, CA where he qualified as a Craftmaster for Torpedo Retriever craft which supported numerous scientific projects. During this tour CWO Kindred became interested in the Navy Deep Sea Diver Program while working alongside divers supporting the Marine Mammal Program. In 1992 his application for the diver program was submitted and approved.
In 1992, CWO Kindred reported to Deep Sea Diver Training, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA. After graduation he then reported to Ships Intermediate Maintenance Activity, San Francisco, CA as a Second Class Deep Sea Diver. This tour was highlighted by his promotion to 1st Class and then to Chief Petty Officer.
In 1996, after nearly 5 years of fleet support, CWO Kindred reported to Diving Supervisor Training, Panama City, FL. After graduation he was assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego, CA as a First Class Diver and the Leading Chief Petty Officer. For 3 years he led his team in support of the Navy’s underwater research and development of ocean surveillance systems. In 1999, CWO Kindred was hand selected to the CNO Special Projects and reported to Navy Research Laboratory, Port Hueneme, CA. During this tour he submitted his application for the Chief Warrant Officer Program and in June of 2000 selected and commissioned Chief Warrant Officer.
Chief Warrant Officer Kindred’s first tour as a commissioned officer was the Replenishment Maintenance Officer aboard the USS Camden (AOE-2) home ported in Bremerton, WA. Highlight of this tour was Officer in Charge of leading the rescue and assistance teams to the crippled USS Cole after the ship was attacked by terrorists while docked in Aden Harbor, Yemen for a routine fuel stop.
In 2003, CWO Kindred accepted orders to Fleet Training Center, San Diego, CA as the Seamanship Training Officer. This position served as the Assistant Department Head for the Navy’s Surface Rescue Swimmer School and the advanced training for fleet Boatswain Mates. This tour was short lived by the needs of the Navy.
In November 2004, he joined the staff of Commander Amphibious Squadron 7, embarked aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) and deployed days later. The tour took him again to the Persian Gulf in support Operation Iraqi Freedom however, while in transit the ship was detached to Sri Lanka to provide support for relief efforts following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its subsequent tsunamis and then reassigned the following month in support of Operation Unified Assistance to assist in the airlift of relief supplies to the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. After the relief efforts concluded CWO Kindred was forward deployed to Umm Qasr, Iraq as the Iraqi Liaison Officer to the U.S Fifth Fleet. He played a critical role in preparing the Iraqi Navy for the mission of maritime security operations in the northern Arabian Gulf. Patrolling daily with the Iraqi patrol craft and its crew ensuring effective communication between Iraqi and coalition forces. He also ensured the Iraqi Navy properly executed all maritime security patrol procedures. This tour of duty would turn out to be his last.
CWO Kindred retired on 1 August, 2006. Settling in Olympia, Washington and in 2008 began his NJROTC teaching career at Stadium High School, Tacoma WA. He currently serves as the Naval Science Instructor for the Curtis Senior High School NJROTC in University Place, Washington.
Chief Warrant Officer Kindred’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two stars; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three stars and various campaign and service medals and awards. He holds an Associate Degree in Administrative Management from Excelsior College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and Master’s Degree in Education from Post University.
Chief Warrant Officer Kindred is married to his wife Lisa. The father of 4 daughters, Amy, Marissa, Marianna and Malea and the grandfather of 5, Olivia, Kaleb, Manny, AJ and Milo.
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