Cmdr. Andres Aviles
Commanding Officer, Blue Crew, USS Nevada (SSBN 733)
Commander Andres Aviles was born in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and earned his commission at Officer Candidate School Pensacola in April 2002. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs (East Asia Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in Military History from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He earned his submarine warfare insignia in November 2004.
His operational tours include a division officer assignment aboard USS Wyoming (SSBN 742)(BLUE) where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols; on the staff of COMDESRON 21 embarked on John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, where he deployed in 2007 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; as Navigator and Operations Officer aboard USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), where he completed a western Pacific deployment; as the Executive Officer aboard USS West Virginia (SSBN 736)(BLUE) and USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740)(GOLD) where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols; and finally deployed as a member of Commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in support of Defeat-Daesh operations in Iraq and Syria. He relieved as Commanding Officer of USS Nevada (SSBN733)(BLUE) in March 2022.
His shore assignments include studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute (Spanish Linguist), and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Chief Staff Officer for Commander, Submarine Squadron 20; Training and Certification Officer for Commander, Submarine Group 10; and as a Doctrine Analyst and Naval Warfare Strategist at Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command.
Commander Aviles’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Commander Aviles is proud to have served with outstanding crews and units which have earned multiple Battle Efficiency “E” awards, Joint Unit Commendations, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation awards.