|CDR Ernesto R. Almonte
Commander Ernesto Almonte is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and a Graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY where he earned a B.A. in Public Administration. He commissioned in 1998 through Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, FL.
At Sea, Commander Almonte served as Main Propulsion Officer aboard USS MILIUS (DDG 69) and Operations Officer aboard USS Hurricane (PC 3), home ported in San Diego, CA. As Department Head, he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer aboard USS HOPPER (DDG 70), in Pearl Harbor, HI.
Ashore, Commander Almonte served as Manpower Analyst at COMNAVSURFOR. From July 2004 to January 2005, he served in Strategic Plans and Policy (C5) under Multinational Forces, Iraq. He subsequently served as Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Officer to USCENTCOM, Fifth Fleet. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Joint IAMD Officer in the J8/Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization
A 2015 graduate of the National War College, Commander Almonte holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy. He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars.