|LCDR Raphael Castillejo
Lieutenant Commander Raphael Castillejo hails from Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and received his commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in May 2000.
At sea, LCDR Castillejo completed his first Division Officer tour aboard USS TRENTON (LPD 14) while serving in Engineering Department conducting post-9/11 missions to include a deployment to CENTCOM in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and NOBLE EAGLE. His next tour was as Navigator, USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) and part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. While forward deployed, CURTIS WILBUR conducted multiple bilateral exercises, Ballistic Missile Defense and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions in support of 7th Fleet.
As a Department Head and plankowner aboard USS STERETT (DDG 104), LCDR Castillejo served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. As Weapons Officer, he was the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) for the Navy’s first ever four missiles on four targets engagement. As Combat Systems Officer (CSO), he oversaw the implementation, testing, and platform certification of AEGIS Baseline 7.1R. During his time as CSO, he trained and executed the first Tomahawk Land Attack Missile BLK 4E shoot from a Digital Modular Radio platform.
Shore duty assignments include a Global Leader Fellowship to George Washington University, culminating in a Master of Business Administration specializing in the Management of Science, Technology, and Innovation. As a post-Department Head, LCDR Castillejo was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA for a joint duty tour and served in multiple positions: Chief of Exercise and Experiment Support, Military Assistant to the Director, and led the Maritime Surveillance Initiative. While at the NRO, he completed Executive Education at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Strategic Persuasion.
Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.