commander Kelechi Ndukwe has expected his new part as the Commander of a U.S. Naval force transport, making him the first Nigerian-American in that position.
Ndukwe is from Okoko-Item in Bende LGA, Abia State
In decision made by the military top brass of the United States, with the knowledge of the US President Joe Biden, Commander Kelechi Ndukwe was appointed and given charge to take command of the US Navy-guided missile destroyer USS HALSEY (DDG-97) on April 2 2021.
The United States Embassy in Nigeria has congratulated Kelechi Ndukwe on the feat, as the first Nigerian-American to command a US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer.
The embassy congratulated the naval officer in a tweet on Thursday, April 8.
Ndukwe holds a Master’s certificate in National Security and Strategy Studies from the US Naval War College.
Prior to that, he graduated with a Chemical Engineering certificate from the University of Notre Dame.
As per the Foundation for Defense Democracies (FDD), somewhere in the range of 2013 and 2015, Ndukwe told the USS Devastator (MCM 6), a minesweeper situated in Bahrain, and had served on numerous warships in different pieces of the world including the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, Arabian Gulf, and Western Pacific Ocean.
Ndukwe’s parents migrated to the US as students in 1977.