|CDR Brian A. Ribota
Commander Brian A. Ribota hails from Tracy, California, where he joined the Navy in 1991. Following Basic Submarine School and Machinist Mate “A” school, he reported to USS TUNNY (SSN 682) in 1992 as a member of Auxiliary Division until her decommissioning in 1998.
In 1998, Commander Ribota was selected for the Seaman to Admiral Program and commissioned in Pensacola, Florida, at Officer Candidate School. In 2005 Commander Ribota graduated cum laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
At sea, Ribota served on USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56), USS KINGFISHER (MHC 56), USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106), and most recently as executive officer aboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. During these tours he deployed to the Seventh Fleet and Central Command areas of responsibility. Commander Ribota assumed command of Pre-Commissioning Unit RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG 115) in May of 2015.
Ashore, he served as the surface enlisted community manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS-3) in Millington, Tennessee.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), as well as various personal, campaign, and service decorations.