Capt. Todd A. Abrahamson ’92 became commanding officer of U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy on Aug. 3, 2017. A native of Santa Monica, Abrahamson received his bachelor of arts degree in political science and was commissioned through the ROTC program. After earning a master of arts in national security and strategic studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, Abrahamson was assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) J3 Division at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium, where he worked on NATO operations in Afghanistan. During his joint tour, Abrahamson deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan with the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Abrahamson commanded Fleet Area Control Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Jacksonville from May 2010 to July 2012 and served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the Pentagon from December 2014 to January 2017, supporting the Secretary of Defense’s primary adviser on all DoD activities in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.
Abrahamson has accumulated more than 3,100 flight hours and over 500 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.