Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be the first commanding officer of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.  Bauernschmidt is a graduate of the Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Engineering and a Masters’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. She is also a graduate of the nuclear power school.

Capt Baurnschmidt was designated a Naval Aviator in 1996 and was a helicopter pilot.

Her tours included assignments to the “Wolfpack,” HSL-45, the “Warlords” of HSL-51, and the “Spartans” of HSM-70.  All of these helicopter squadrons fly the Sikorski SH-60. She has more than 3,000 flight hours.

She has also served as the Executive Officer of the USS Abraham Lincoln and the commanding officer of the USS San Diego an amphibious transport.

Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign, and service medals.


Photo: US Navy by MC2 Senn

The USS Abraham Lincoln set sail on Monday from San Diego for a cruise in the Western Pacific.

Speaking of her crew in a Navy press release Captain Bauernschmidt said, “These sailors are incredible professionals who have trained exceptionally hard to ensure they are ready for any operational obligations required of us on deployment.”