Cmdr. Justin Santos enlisted in the Navy in 1987. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois and Operations Specialist “A” School in Dam Neck, Virginia.
Santos served over 19 years at sea with eight ships and one destroyer squadron. Aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10) he participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and was part of the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. He became an air intercept controller on USS Vincennes (CG 49) and was a plankowner and advanced to chief petty officer aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). In 2002, he was commissioned as an ensign during his tour aboard USS Ogden (LPD 5). He served as combat information center officer on USS Stethem (DDG 63) and as assistant operations officer aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Santos spent six years in Japan as part of the Navy’s forward-deployed forces, where he served as surface operations officer for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, supporting exercise Invincible Spirit after the sinking of the Republic of Korea ship Cheonan; as air defense officer on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63); and as assistant operations officer aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89).
His shore tours include service with Navy Recruiting District San Diego, California; Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee; and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.
He reported as executive officer, Training Support Center San Diego in April 2018.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (nine awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various campaign and service decorations.
Last Updated: 21 December 2020