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                 Ice Center Director Heather Quilenderino

CDR Heather H. Quilenderino

Director, U.S. National Ice Center
Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Ice Center

Commander Quilenderino, a native of Richmond, Virginia, graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science in 2002.

After receiving a commission from the USC NROTC, CDR Quilenderino served as Electrical Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), earning her Surface Warfare Officer designation. After laterally transferring to the Naval Oceanography community, CDR Quilenderino became a plankowner of the Naval Oceanography ASW Center, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, establishing the Anti-Submarine Warfare Reachback Cell.

In 2009, CDR Quilenderino graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, earning a Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering. While completing her master’s program, CDR Quilenderino was selected for the Ph.D. program at Naval Postgraduate School. In 2012, CDR Quilenderino earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology.

CDR Quilenderino served as Staff Oceanographer for Naval Special Warfare Group TEN, and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, deploying with the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group. Prior to assuming command of the Naval Ice Center, she served as the Operations Officer, Fleet Weather Center Norfolk. In 2016, she was awarded the Oceanographer of the Navy Commander Mary Sears Award.

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