Commander Darryl Arfsten was born in Chicago IL in 1969 and attended elementary and high school in the Springfield IL area. Prior to joining the US Navy in 2001, CDR Arfsten held positions with the National Research Council and private industry (1993-2000) and served as an infantryman and combat medic in the Illinois and Maryland Army National Guard (1987-2000). CDR Arfsten has earned a PhD in toxicology and biochemistry from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (2001), an MS in environmental biology from the University of Illinois (1993), and a BS in biology from Eastern Illinois University (1991). CDR Arfsten received a direct commission into the US Navy Medical Service Corps in December 2000 as a Lieutenant and attended Officer Indoctrination School, Newport R.I., January-February 2001.
From February 2001-July 2005, LT Arfsten served as Department Head, Animal Toxicology and Testing, Naval Health Research Center Detachment, Environmental Health Effects Laboratory at Wight Patterson AFB, OH and led studies on the health effects of depleted uranium and CBRNE countermeasures.
From July 2005-July 2006, LT Arfsten served as Department Head, Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Naval Air Station Jacksonville FL, in charge of service member stage 1 drug testing. LT Arfsten was promoted to Executive Officer, Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, NAS Jacksonville FL July 2006 and served in this capacity until August 2009. LT Arfsten was promoted to LCDR 1 August 2007.
From November 2009-November 2010, LCDR Arfsten served as an Embedded Training Team member, Office of the Command Surgeon, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (Kabul). LCDR Arfsten provided training and guidance to members of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Afghanistan National Police on clinical laboratory operations and medical facility construction/management and served as the NTM-A Command Surgeon representative to the J-5 for ANP medical issues.
In January 2011, LCDR Arfsten joined the III Marine Expeditionary Force, 3d Marine Logistics Group, Okinawa, Japan and was promoted to CDR 1 September 2012. CDR Arfsten serves as the Officer in Charge, G-3 Health Services Support Element and is responsible for developing/executing Health Service Support (HSS) plans for operations in support of the PACOM Theatre Security Cooperation Plan. In this capacity, CDR Arfsten has led in the planning and execution of US-Cambodian and US-Filipino medical/dental interoperability programs, HSS planning in support of MEF- and JCS-lead exercises, and assists the MLG Surgeon in validating and filling unit requests for medical personnel and Class VIII. Most recently, CDR Arfsten served as the HSS subject matter expert and medical strategic planner for the USMC HQ 2013 Force Optimization Review Group (FORG) which developed recommendations to the Commandant of the Marine Corps for shaping and balancing USMC medical and dental forces to meet 2017 mission requirements.
CDR Arfsten has attended and completed US Navy Command Leadership Course (Jul 2013), US Navy Advanced Medical Department Officer Course (April 2013), the Joint Medical Planners Course (Mar 2012), US Army Combat Advisors Course (Aug-Nov 2009), the US Navy Plans, Operations, and Medical Intelligence Course (January 2009), XO (2007) and Department Head (2005) courses, and Medical Management of Chem/Bio Casualties course (2004). CDR Arfsten’s personal awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd award).