Commander Andrew Thompson
A native of Illinois, CDR Thompson earned a B.S. in Naval Architecture and his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 2005. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a subspecialty in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College with Joint Professional Military Education Phase I credit and a concentration in African Studies.
As a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), he served as the Communications Officer aboard USS BOONE (FFG 28) in Mayport, FL, as the Operations Officer for Destroyer Squadron FIFTY in Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, and as the Middle East Desk Officer for Naval Special Warfare Group ONE in Coronado, CA. During his time as a SWO, he deployed to the SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM Areas of Responsibility (AORs).
In 2012, he laterally transferred to the Intelligence Community. In 2013, he was assigned to the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, MD, where he served as Senior Watch Officer for the command and as the Deputy Branch Head for the Counter-Narcotics Division.
In 2016, he served as Project Officer and Intelligence Lead for a Chief of Naval Operations-directed project at the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group in Suitland and Fort Meade, MD. In 2017, he reported to Carrier Strike Group TWELVE in Norfolk, VA as the Deputy Intelligence Officer, where he deployed to the EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs.
In 2019, CDR Thompson graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, completing Joint Professional Military Education Phase II. In 2020, he reported to the Joint Intelligence Operations Center in Aiea, HI, where he served as Senior Watch Officer for the USINDOPACOM J2. In 2021, he served as the speechwriter for the Commander of USINDOPACOM at Camp Smith, HI. He is a designated Joint Qualified Officer.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various service and campaign awards.