Commander Cuadros is a native of Bogota, Colombia, and was raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Haven, and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He enlisted in the Navy in March 1991 and was commissioned in July 1996.
He assumed duties as Commanding Officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) ELEVEN in November 2014 and currently has additional duties as Commander Task Group 68.2. Prior to that, he was the Operations Officer of Naval Construction Group TWO, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment and The 25th Naval Construction Regiment.
After enlisting in the Navy and completing boot camp and Engineering Aide A School, he reported to Construction Battalion Unit 414 in Groton, Conn. Following this tour, he served in The Magnificent Battalion (NMCB) SEVEN. From battalion, he was selected for Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.
Commander Cuadros first officer assignment was as an Assistant Site Team Leader, and later Self-Help and Seabee Liaison Officer at Public Works Center, San Diego, Calif. After that, he served as Aide to Commander Naval Forces, Marianas and Pacific Command Representative Guam Area. He then served as Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) for Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
Commander Cuadros then transferred back to NMCB SEVEN where he initially served as Air Detachment Officer in Charge and then as the battalion Operations Officer. His tour of duty included participation in disaster relief and civil military operations in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the Horn of Africa, as well as other military construction spread over 20 countries in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.
Following completion of graduate school at Stanford University, he reported to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. There he provided oversight to the facilities sustainment, repair, modernization, and construction program with work in place valued at over $1.2 billion.
Commander Cuadros awards include Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He is a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare Officer and a member of the Acquisition Corps. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. Other recognition includes the 2010 NAVFAC Hawaii Engineer of the Year, Associated Schools of Construction graduate competition winner, HENAAC Role Model, and National Image Inc. Meritorious Service Award.