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CDR David Beam

Commanding Officer

USS Colorado (SSN 788)

CDR Beam was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduated from Drexel University in 2004 earning a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. Following commissioning, Beam completed Naval Nuclear Power Training in Charleston, SC.

At sea, he earned his Submarine Warfare Qualification in 2005 aboard USS Connecticut (SSN 22), served as Navigator/Operations Officer aboard USS Pasadena (SSN 752) from 2011-2015, and Executive Officer of USS Vermont (SSN 792) from 2017-2019. In 2018 Beam served a secondment to the Royal Navy aboard HMS Astute (SSN 119) for her maiden deployment. He has deployed experience in the EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, and INDO-PACOM areas of responsibility.

Ashore, Beam served as special operations assistant (N341) on Commander Submarine Group Seven staff in Yokosuka, Japan, he served as Operational Support Liaison for the Research and Development Support Activity, and as Fleet Training Department Director at Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT. He earned a master’s degree in National Strategic Studies with a specialization as a Naval Advanced Strategist at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.


LCDR Matt Swezey

Executive Officer

USS Colorado (SSN 788)

LCDR Matt Swezey is a native of Cohoes, New York, and a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned his commission and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 2016 earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture.  

Following commissioning he qualified as a Marine Engineering Diving Officer at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida.  He then completed nuclear officer training before reporting to the Fast Attack Submarine, USS ASHEVILLE (SSN-758), in San Diego, California.  During his first sea tour he qualified in Submarines and completed deployments to Southern Command and the Western Pacific.

LCDR Swezey was assigned to the Ballistic Missile Submarine, USS ALASKA (SSBN-732)(BLUE), stationed in Kings Bay, Georgia as the Engineer Officer.  While onboard ALASKA the ship has conducted four strategic deterrent patrols.  The ship was twice awarded the Submarine Squadron Twenty Battle "E" and the Omaha Trophy for 2019.

While ashore LCDR Swezey served as the Aide-de-Camp to the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David Berger, and as a Strategy and Liaison Officer on the OPNAV Staff Undersea Warfare Division, N97.   

LCDR Swezey is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the Virginia Class Fast Attack Submarine, USS COLORADO (SSN-788), in Groton, CT.  He is married to Bridget Swezey, and they have two children, Nolan (4), and Nora (1).

STSCM(SS/IW) Christopher J Goss

Chief of the Boat

USS Colorado (SSN 788)

A native of Sumner, IA, Master Chief Goss graduated from Sumner High School in 2003. He enlisted in the Navy in December 2003.

He completed recruit training in Great lakes, IL and reported to Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) and attended Sonar Technician (Submarines) “A” School in Groton, Connecticut. Upon completion he reported for duty to USS KENTUCKY SSBN 737 (Gold) stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA where he completed 8 strategic deterrent patrols, qualified submarines and advanced to Second Class Petty Officer.

Following his first sea tour, he transferred to Farragut Technical Analysis Center at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C and was advanced to First Class Petty Officer. After completing his first shore duty and spending a brief time in the ACINT program he reported to the USS MISSOURI SSN 780, homeported in Groton, CT. Here he completed two deployments, one surge deployment and was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

His next duty assignment was as the Sonar Division Leading Chief Petty Officer aboard the USS VIRGINIA SSN 774 stationed in Groton, CT. He completed one deployment, a change of homeport to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Following this tour, he transferred to the staff of Commander, Submarine Squadron TWELVE in Groton, CT and advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.

Master Chief Goss is qualified to wear the Enlisted Submarine Warfare insignia and the Enlisted Information Warfare device. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards) and various campaign and unit awards. Master Chief Goss is married to Lindsey Frame of Fairbank, IA. They reside in Groton with their three children, Owen (14), Cullen (13) and Declan (7) and their dog Piper.

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