CAPT Rome Ruiz

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Captain Rome Ruiz was awarded a four-year NROTC scholarship to attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology.  He received his commission in December 1992.

Captain Ruiz’s sea tours include duty aboard USS DOYLE (FFG 39) as First Lieutenant and Damage Control Assistant, and Chief Engineer tours on Precommissioning Unit OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) and USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973). He has successfully commanded four warships; USS SHRIKE (MHC 62), USS CARDINAL (MHC 60), USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), and USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71).  During these assignments, he completed six deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean, Southern Pacific, and Caribbean.

His tours ashore include selection to the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island where he graduated with highest distinction as a Gravely Group fellow and was awarded a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies.  Additionally, he completed tours at United States European Command as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of Plans, Policy and Strategy (EC-J5) and Chief of Levant Plans and the Israel Branch, the Chief of Naval Operations Directorate for Strategy and Policy and International Affairs (N51), and Naval Personnel Command (NPC) PERS-41 as a Surface Warfare O-4/O-5 Detailer.

Captain Ruiz assumed command of Amphibious Squadron THREE and the AMERICA Amphibious Ready Group in April 2017.

Captain Ruiz’s awards include the Legion of Merit (first award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (first award), Meritorious Service Medal (fourth award); Navy Commendation Medal (fourth award); Navy Achievement Medal (third award) and various unit and service awards.

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