Commander Ronald C. Fairbanks was the 2020-21 senior US Navy fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center.

Afloat, Commander Fairbanks completed his division officer tours aboard USS Port Royal (CG73) as the communications officer and gunnery officer and then aboard USS Dewey (DDG105) as the fire control officer. During his first two sea tours, he deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Commander Fairbanks’ department head assignments were as the weapons officer and combat systems officer in USS William P Lawrence (DDG110) from March 2014 through March 2017. During his tours, he deployed to the Seventh Fleet area of operations as part of the John C Stennis carrier strike group, conducting multiple freedom of navigation operations, pacific presence operations, and the Oceania maritime support initiative (OMSI) mission.

His shore assignments include expeditionary fires officer in Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic (EWTGLANT) from January 2011 through January 2013, the training and readiness officer (N7) in Commander Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Pacific (COMNECCPAC) from March 2017 through May 2018, and as the executive assistant to the deputy commander, US Pacific Fleet from May 2018 through July 2020.

A native of San Diego, California, Commander Fairbanks attended the University of Southern California on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), as well as multiple unit and service awards.