Commander Louis Gutierrez grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.
Following commissioning and completion of flight training, he earned his Naval Flight Officer wings. Follow on training included SERE School in Brunswick Maine and platform specific training on the P-3 Orion at NAS Jacksonville. He completed a WESTPAC deployment with the VP-4 Skinny Dragons in 2002.
He laterally transferred to the Information Professional community in 2003. His first assignment was the Naval Post Graduate School where he received a Masters in Information Systems, completing the Modeling and Virtual Environment Simulation (MOVES) curricula, specializing in artificial intelligence and human performance.
Follow on assignments include Communications Officer (N6) for COMPHIBRON THREE (CPR 3) embarked on the USS Peleliu (LHA 5), Night Director Joint NETOPS Control Center - Afghanistan (JNCC-A) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Strategic Plans and Programs Liaison Officer for DISA Europe directly supporting ODYSSEY DAWN, Assistant C5I/Electronics Material Officer on the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) including a hull swap with the USS ESSEX (LHD 2) as well as participation in RIMPAC 2012.
Recent assignments include N6 for Expeditionary Strike Group Five (CTF 51) in Bahrain and OPNAV Command Information Officer at the Pentagon.
Commander Gutierrez’ decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.