Lt. Cmdr. Orville Cave
Lt. Cmdr. Cave, a native of North Little Rock, Ark., enlisted in the Navy in 1992 as a nuclear machinist’s mate. After completing enlisted Nuclear Prototype training in Charleston, S.C. he continued as an instructor before being selected into the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Cave attended Auburn University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Engineering followed by commissioning at Officer Candidate School in 1999.
Following completion of nuclear power and submarine training, he reported aboard USS San Juan(SSN 751) where he held several positions including Reactor Control Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, and Assistant Weapons Officer. During this tour the ship completed a Mediterranean Deployment including participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon completion of his division officer tour, he served as the NROTC Assistant Nuclear Programs Coordinator in Pensacola, Fla. from January 2004 to December 2006. He then attended Submarine Officer Advanced Course in 2006 and completed a 31-month tour as weapons officer aboard USS Providence (SSN 719). The ship completed two Western Pacific Deployments during his tour.
From January 2009 to August 2011, he served as the Weapons Officer at Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn. Following completion of the Submarine Command Course, he reported as executive officer aboard USS California in December 2011.
Cave's personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).