Commander Andrew D. Bates
CDR Bates enlisted in the Naval Reserve as a Boiler Technician in 1992. Following recruit and technical training, he enrolled in Purdue University and graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a NROTC commission.
At sea, CDR Bates served aboard USS INGERSOLL (DD 990) as Gunnery Officer, USS CAPE ST GEORGE (CG 71) as Strike Officer, and USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer.
Ashore, CDR Bates served as Flag Aide to Commander, Amphibious Group TWO and completed a joint tour at the Missile Defense Agency where he served as Executive Officer to the Deputy Director of MDA and later as Technical Director for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB Program Office.
CDR Bates’ military education includes Naval Postgraduate School (M.S. in Electrical Engineering), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Joint Professional Military Education Phase I), and Joint Forces Staff College (JPME Phase II).
CDR Bates has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards); Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit and service awards.