Captain Thomas R. Buchanan, USN
88th Commandant of Midshipmen
United States Naval Academy
Captain Buchanan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and is a joint qualified officer.
At sea, Buchanan has served in both attack and ballistic missile submarines including: USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758), USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728) (Gold), and USS NORFOLK (SSN 714). He commanded USS ALBANY (SSN 753) and was commodore of Submarine Squadron TWENTY, where he was responsible for the training and certification of all operational Atlantic-based Strategic Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs).
His staff assignments include duty on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) staff; intern on the Joint Staff; Aide to the Director, Naval Reactors; Special Assistant to the Commander, US Joint Forces Command. He served in the Middle East as the Officer-in-charge of Commander, Task Force 54 Detachment Bahrain and was the Lead Shipbuilding Analyst in the Programming Division of the CNO’s staff. He most recently completed an assignment as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Joint Staff.
Captain Buchanan is honored to have been on teams that have earned Navy and Joint unit awards, including service on three Battle Efficiency ‘E’ crews. In 2002, he earned the VADM Lockwood award for submarine professional excellence.