Current OIC Biography

LCDR Reginald N. Preston, USN
Officer-in-Charge, Historic Ship NAUTILUS (SSN 571)
Director, Submarine Force Museum

Current Officer in Charge LCDR Reginald N. Preston, USNLCDR Reg Preston, originally from Lyman, Nebraska, graduated from Iowa State University and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2003. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State, and Master’s degrees in Engineering Management from Cornell University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Following completion of nuclear power training and Submarine Officer Basic course in 2004, he reported to USS HELENA (SSN 725), in San Diego, California. LCDR Preston completed both Western and Eastern Pacific deployments during his tour. Qualifying in Submarines on HELENA, he served as the Chemical and Radiological Controls Assistant, Assistant Operations Officer, and interim Engineer Officer. After his Junior Officer tour, he served on the staff at Cornell University NROTC in Ithaca, New York, as a Senior Visiting Lecturer and student advisor.

Upon completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced course in February 2010, he reported to USS CHICAGO (SSN 721) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as Engineer Officer. Relieving early in an Engineered Overhaul at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, LCDR Preston helped transform CHICAGO back into a warship ‘certified for tasking’ in the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility after shifting homeport to the territory of Guam in the Western Pacific. Following his Engineer tour, he served as both the Operations Officer at Submarine Group TWO in Groton, Connecticut, and the Chief of Staff for the Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (three awards). He currently resides in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, with his wife Katey and their two daughters.