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 B.S. 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, Chief Engineer tours on Precommissioning Unit OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) and USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973), and Commanding Officer onboard USS SHRIKE (MHC 62), USS CARDINAL (MHC 60), and USS HIGGINS (DDG 76). 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 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 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 in April 2017.
Captain Ruiz’s awards include the 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.