CAPT Albert A. Alarcon
Captain Albert A. Alarcon is the son of retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Carlos Alarcon and Pacita Alarcon. A native of the Philippines, he was raised in Lancaster, California and graduated with distinction from the University of Southern California in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Management with distinction from Hawaii Pacific University in 2002.
Captain Alarcon served as the Commanding Officer of USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762) from August 2014 to September 2017. His outstanding crew operated from the Caribbean Sea through the Western Pacific Ocean during U.S. Southern Command and Western Pacific Deployments that collectively spanned five national missions, three theater operations periods, and Joint Interagency Task Force operations that included the first Los Angeles Class Submarine port visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
At sea, he has served as a Division Officer on USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771), Engineer Officer on USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720), and Executive Officer on USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772). His ships have deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, and U.S. Southern Command Areas of Responsibility.
Ashore, he has served as the Assistant Force Nuclear Power Officer on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Submarine Squadron ONE Engineer and Material Officer, which included an assignment as Engineer Officer of USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701); and Special Assistant for Enlisted Plans, Policy, and Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Training to the Director of Naval Reactors. He most recently served as the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Battlespace Awareness and Special Programs on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Captain Alarcon is most proud of the Battle Efficiency Award and the four Meritorious Unit Commendations that his shipmates have earned over the years. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).