Rear Admiral Donald Gabrielson
Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC)
Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF 73)
Singapore Area Coordinator
Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson is a native of northern Minnesota and a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the National War College.
As a surface warfare officer, Gabrielson has served aboard frigates, cruisers and destroyers, deploying five times to the Middle East, with other deployments across the Western Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic and Baltic regions. He commanded USS Cape St. George (CG 71), circumnavigating the globe while deployed with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). He also served as commanding officer during construction and commissioning of USS Freedom (LCS 1), sailing all the Great Lakes.
Ashore, Gabrielson served as executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, as aide to the vice chief of naval operations and as an operations research analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N81 division. He also served as liaison to the U.S. Congress in both the secretary of the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs and the Joint Staff.
He was a 2010 fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Seminar XXI program and a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XXXIII.
Located in Singapore, Gabrielson serves as commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, commander, Task Force 73 and commander, Singapore Area Coordinator, including duties as the executive agent for more than 20 bilateral and multilateral security cooperation exercises with 14 nations in South and Southeast Asia, commanding operational naval logistics forces in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, forward deployed Littoral Combat Ships, and a Navy region ashore.
Gabrielson's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation and Achievement medals and numerous unit and service citations.