Commander Yamodis spent his formative years on a wooded farm in the mountains of Talent, Oregon. His undergraduate studies were completed in 1994 at the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Architectural Art History (summa cum laude). His graduate studies were completed at the University of California, Berkeley December 2000 with a Master of Engineering Science in Construction Management and a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Hass School of Business.
Commander Yamodis was commissioned an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps on August 19, 1994, through Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He attended the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School Basic course at NCBC Port Hueneme, California Fall 1994. After graduation, he was assigned to the Officer In Charge of Construction Far East at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, where he was concurrently assigned three positions of Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Housing Director of Facilities Management, and Housing Staff Civil Engineer from 1995 to 1997. He was then ordered to CINCPACFLT N46 where he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Shore Installation Management from 1997 to 1998.
He next served at NAVFACENGCOM Pacific Division through 1999. From PACDIV he attented PG School at UC Berkeley through fall of 2000 with follow on orders to NMCB FOUR. While with NMCB FOUR he concurrently served as the Intelligence Officer, Armory Officer, Communications Officer, Training Officer, and Delta Company Commander. During the NMCB FOUR deployment to Okinawa 2002 he served as the Officer in Charge of Detail Sasebo. He then served at the Public Works Center San Diego as the Production Officer for three of four zones. He completed an 18 month tour at Facilities Engineering Command Washington as the $99M Presidential Helicopter Support Facility DROICC from ground breaking through beneficial occupancy in Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
He was then assigned to US PACOM J44 growing the Pacific Humanitarian Assistance construction program from $2.5M per year, to $23M in FY09 with over 140 projects in eleven countries. Following a full Joint assignment he reported to First Naval Construction Regiment in Port Hueneme California as the Chief Staff Officer. While assigned to 1st NCR he deployed with Twenty Second Naval Construction Regiment, the Command Element of Task Force Alliance for International Joint Command Afghanistan leading nine Battalions in combat support operations. He is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One Thirty-Three.
Commander Yamodis is a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist, Joint Specialty Officer, Registered Architect in the State of Colorado, Level three contract certified under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act, and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.
Commander Yamodis is a native of Talent, Oregon. He is an Ironman distance triathlon finisher, enjoys backcountry snowboarding, surfing the north shore of Oahu in long period sea states four to six, and kite-boarding in beaufort force three to seven. In addition to woodworking, he also enjoys building custom composite epoxy laminated compound curve foils.