Louisville, KY – The Thoroughbred Sub Club wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to Cmdr. John A. Sager who will be relieved today as commanding officer of USS Louisville (SSN 724). Cmdr. Sager has performed outstandingly during his time of command and has been a true friend to the namesake community. We certainly wish him the best in his future endeavors.

At the same time, we welcome aboard Cmdr. Lee P. Sisco as the new CO.

CDR Lee P. Sisco

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CDR Lee P. Sisco
USS Louisville (SSN 724)

Commander Lee P. Sisco, a native of Tucson, AZ, graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993 with a B.A. in Political Science and subsequently received his commission from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit.  Initially commissioned as a Supply Corps Officer, he completed training at the Navy Supply Corps School and the Naval Submarine School prior to his initial shipboard assignment as Supply Officer onboard USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762) from April 1994 to September 1997.  During his tour, the ship made an interfleet transfer to the Pacific Fleet, conducted its maiden Western Pacific deployment, was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and the COMSUBRON SEVEN Supply Blue “E” for 1996.

From September 1997 to August 1998, Commander Sisco served as the Executive Officer of Priority Material Office, Bremerton, WA during which the command was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation.  During this tour, he was selected for a lateral transfer to the submarine warfare unrestricted line officer community.

Following completion of training at Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, SC, Commander Sisco was assigned to the USS HELENA (SSN 725) from October 1999 to April 2001.  In addition to serving as the Main Propulsion Assistant, he was selected as the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Junior Officer of the Year for 2000, qualified as Engineer Officer, and made a deployment to the Western Pacific.  USS HELENA was awarded the COMSUBRON ELEVEN Battle Efficiency “E” for 2001.

Commander Sisco attended the Submarine Officer Advanced Course from April to October 2001 and was the recipient of the David Lloyd Award.  Upon graduation, he reported to USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) where he served as Engineer Officer from October 2001 to September 2004.  During his tour, the ship completed two Western Pacific deployments, received the COMSUBRON ONE Red Engineering “E” for 2001 and 2003, and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Commander Sisco served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet as a member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board from September 2004 to September 2006 and subsequently attended the Submarine Command Course.  He then served as Executive Officer on USS PASADENA (SSN 752) from December 2006 to July 2008.  During this tour, the ship conducted the first torpedo-tube launch of a Block IV Tomahawk Cruise Missile, a Western Pacific Deployment, and was awarded the COMSUBRON SEVEN Tactical “T” for 2007 and 2008.

Commander Sisco holds a Masters of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.

Commander Sisco’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), as well as numerous unit awards.

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