LCDR Andrew S. West
LCDR Andy West grew up in South Williamsport, PA, where he was a three sport athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. He was also active in numerous religious and school service organizations. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 2000 as a Machinist Mate. After completing nuclear power training in Charleston, SC, and Ballston Spa, NY, and achieving the rank of MM3, he was selected to the Naval Academy Preparatory School and United States Naval Academy. At USNA, LCDR West majored in Oceanography and played intramural sports. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, LCDR West was selected to serve in the submarine community. In 2008, he attended Nuclear Power school in Charleston. He later qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch on the 626 prototype in Charleston, SC, in 2009.
In the fall of 2009, LCDR West checked on board the USS OHIO (SSGN 726) Blue Crew in Bangor, WA. On OHIO, LCDR West served as the Main Propulsion Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, Tactical Systems Officer, and Gunnery Officer, as well as holding over a dozen collateral duties including Force Protection Officer and Ship’s Tactical Oceanographer. In November 2012, LCDR West was selected for transfer to the METOC community.
After graduating Basic Oceanography Accession Training in May 2013, LCDR West qualified as NOAC RBC CDO and served as the RBC Operations Officer for two years, at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. In June 2015, LCDR West transferred to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. While at NPS, he completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I from the Naval War College and graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science with a combined master’s degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography. His thesis work focused on characterizing the underwater optical environment of the China Seas. In 2018, LCDR West became the Oceanography division officer on board USS RONALD REAGAN CVN 76 in Yokosuka, Japan, where he qualified as OOD and served as Intelligence Department Principle Assistant, METOC Officer, and QO Division Officer.
LCDR West was assigned to Navy Information Operations Command Pensacola in July 2020 where he currently serves as the Executive Officer. He is also a United States Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer for the local Pensacola area.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Good Conduct Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.