Capt. Werner Jurinka
Silver Spring resident Capt. Werner Jurinka, 45, director of staff for Allied Maritime Command Component, Naples, Italy, died suddenly on Jan. 30, 2009, in Naples, Italy.
Born Jan. 20, 1964, in Silver Spring, he was a son of Werner Jurinka of Silver Spring and Ann Wilson of Lakeland, Fla. He was the stepson of Angela Moore and Pete Wilson.
He was the husband of Hannah Jurinka for 11 years.
Capt. Jurinka graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and earned his commission through the Pennsylvania State University NROTC program in 1987. In 1995, he attended the Naval War College in Providence, R.I., where he received the Graduate of the Year award. He attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as the 1999-2000 Navy Federal Executive Fellow. While in Washington, D.C., Capt. Jurinka completed his master's in business administration from Troy State University.
At sea, Capt. Jurinka served aboard the USS New Jersey, USS Chosin, USS Valley Forge, and as executive officer aboard the USS Hopper. He was the commanding officer of the USS Paul Hamilton from 2005 to 2006. In 2007, Capt. Jurinka served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in Japan as the operations officer for the Carrier Strike Group FIVE. In 2008, Capt. Jurinka started his assignment in Naples, Italy.
Capt. Jurinka served multiple tours at the Pentagon, including an initial assignment with the AEGIS program office and later as member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/DEEP BLUE.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Surface Warfare School Arleigh Burke prize, the Surface Navy Association Arleigh Burke award, and other campaign and service decorations.
Survivors in addition to his wife, parents and stepparents include a son, Austin; two daughters, Molly and Lily; three brothers, Chandler Jurinka of Beijing, China, Andrew Jurinka of Portland, Ore., and Christian Jurinka of San Francisco; and two sisters, Elizabeth Jurinka and Ashley Jurinka, both of Silver Spring.
Services will be 9 a.m. Friday at Arlington Cemetery. A reception will follow at Fort Meyer.