Biographies

Capt. Andrew Bates

Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4

14 July 2022
CSG 4 Chief of Staff
CSG 4 Chief of Staff
CSG 4 Chief of Staff
Capt. Andrew Bates
CSG 4 Chief of Staff
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     Captain Bates is a native of Indiana and enlisted in the Naval Reserves in 1992.  He later commissioned through NROTC at Purdue University with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1997.  He is a career Surface Warfare Officer and Joint Qualified Officer with experience in combatant ship operations and force generation.  Captain Bates joined Carrier Strike Group 4 in March 2022 as Chief of Staff.
 
     At sea, Captain Bates commanded the Norfolk-based cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103).  In prior sea tours, he served as Combat Systems Officer and Weapons Officer in USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Strike Officer in USS Cape St George (CG 71), and Gunnery Officer in USS Ingersoll (DD 990).
 
     Ashore, Captain Bates most recently gained key force generation experience as Chief Staff Officer (Readiness) for Destroyer Squadron 60 in Rota, Spain where he coordinated all manning, training, and equipping for the four destroyers of Forward Deployed Naval Forces – Europe.  In prior shore tours, he completed joint duty with the Missile Defense Agency as both Executive Officer to the Deputy Director of MDA and as Technical Director for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB Project Office and served as Flag Aide to Commander, Amphibious Group 2.
 
     In addition to his undergraduate degree, Captain Bates is a graduate of Boiler Technician “A” School, Naval Postgraduate School (M.S. in Electrical Engineering), Army Command and General Staff College (Joint Professional Military Education Phase I), and Joint Forces Staff College (JPME Phase II).
 
     Captain Bates has received the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various unit and service awards.

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