|CDR Nick A. Cardenas
CDR Nick Cardenas enlisted in the Navy in 1990 as an Electronics Technician. After eight and a half years of enlisted service, he was selected and participated in the Enlisted Commissioning Program and received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve on December 18, 1998 and selected the Surface Warfare community as his designator.
Cardenas’ sea assignments include a tour as an Electronics Technician aboard USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, where he served as a radar and navigation technician and completed two Mediterranean deployments. Following commissioning in 1998, he reported to his first ship as a SWO aboard USS ELLIOTT (DD 967) homeported in San Diego, CA, where he served as Electronic Warfare Officer and First Lieutenant. He completed a WESTPAC and Persian Gulf deployment aboard ELLIOTT. His next sea assignment would be aboard USS LASSEN (DDG 82) stationed in San Diego, CA, where he served as Damage Control Assistant. As a Department Head, he served as Chief Engineer aboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI. Following his tour in Hawaii, he reported to Engineering Assessments Pacific and served as an Engineering Assessor and the Director of Operations.
Cardenas’ shore assignments include Speech Writer for the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific in San Diego, CA and Officer Recruiter, Assistant Enlisted Processing Officer and MEPS Liaison Officer in Navy Recruiting District Dallas, where he earned the distinction as Officer Recruiter of the Year 2003. He is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School where he earned an MBA in Financial Management and completed his JPME Phase One from the Naval War College. He most recently was assigned as the Submarine Warfare (N97) Budget Analyst on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9) in Washington, DC.
Among his awards, he is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Battle “E” (two awards), Good Conduct Award (two awards) and various individual and unit campaign awards.