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Commander Eric WashingtonEric Washington

Cmdr. Eric Washington (MBA '03) has become the first African-American to attain the rank of captain in the Reserve Full Time Support (FTS) Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) community. Washington, who joined the U.S. Navy 20 years ago, dreamt of making a difference through honor, courage and commitment, was sworn in at an October 1st ceremony attended by active-duty and retired members of the AMDO community as well as Washington’s friends and family. Washington's wife, Jossie, attached captain shoulder boards to Cmdr. Washington's uniform. Reserve AMDOs serve as experts in Navy Reserve personnel management systems and aircraft systems acquisition and sustainment. Since inception, the FTS AMDO community has promoted less than 30 officers to the rank of captain. Originally from the Bronx, N.Y., Washington earned his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1993 and he completed Aviation Maintenance Officer School in 1994 after attending South Carolina State University, S.C. for mechanical engineering.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (four gold stars) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars). In addition to his MBA from the University of New Orleans he holds a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University and is a Defense Acquisition Corps member, level III. Washington's next assignment will be with NAVAIR's Operational Support Office.

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