Thomas C. Graves
Dates of Service: 7/30/2005 - 5/10/2007
Birth Date: 1964
Thomas Graves was born in 1964 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987. He attended Naval Postgraduate School from 1993 to 1995, where he received a Master of Science in computer science. Graves served as an engineering officer aboard both the guided missile escort USS Underwood (FFG-36) and the anti-submarine aircraft carrier Philippine Sea (CVS-47). He was promoted to commander in 2003.
Graves took command of USS Constitution on July 30, 2005. In September 2006, he performed a turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor with 63 Medal of Honor recipients aboard. These recipients were presented Medal of Honor flags, a new design that had previously only been given to 10 of the 111 living Medal of Honor recipients before that day. On May 10, 2007, Graves was administratively removed from command of the frigate.
After his time on Constitution, Graves was temporarily assigned to Surface Warfare Officers School Command. In 2009, he left the navy after more than 20 years and completed a Project Management Certificate from Georgetown University in 2009. He currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as the director of Grants Management Services.