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Commander-Select in the United States Navy

Dwayne was a kind and gentle soul who loved bicycling and underground music. He had the temperament and intelligence to bring calm to chaos, which made him very good in his line of work as a Surface Warfare Officer. Dwayne's 19-year career in the U.S. Navy ended with him just three months shy of being promoted to full commander.  He enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy at 17, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English. His career in the Navy took him all over the world with the USS Peleliu (2000-2002), Commander, Amphibious Squadron Three (2002-2004), Naval Air Station Sigonella (2004-2006), USS Lassen (2007), Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (2007-2009), USS Mobile Bay (2009-2011), USS Boxer (2011-2013), and the USS Essex (2013-2014).