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Samuel Lopez, Surface Warfare Officer - United States Navy 

A Bronx, New York native, LT Lopez enlisted in the Navy in August 1995 as an Electronics Technician reporting onboard USS John F. Kennedy CV-67 in April 1997 completing two deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch as a Link 11/16 and Communications Technician. In August 2001, he reported to Southeast Regional Calibration Center in NAS Jacksonville calibrating and repairing test equipment. As a First Class Petty Officer, he applied for and was selected to the Seaman -to-Admiral 21 program in April 2004. He attended University of North Florida and graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration. He also received a Bachelor from Florida A&M University in Electronics Engineering Technology, both graduating with honors.


After receiving his Commission in May 2007, he reported to USS Robert G. Bradley FFG-49 as the Communications Officer and EKMS Manager, ASW Officer/ASW Evaluator and finished his tour as the Electrical Officer completing a deployment in support of AFRICOM Partnership Station. 



In July 2010, he reported to Afloat Training Group Mayport as a Training Liaison Officer. While at ATG, he was the coordinator for SWOS Introduction course for newly commissioned Ensigns. He guided VIK to complete the last Basic Phase event under the Surface Force Training Manual and guided Mayport’s first two ships under the Pilot Program that now has become the Surface Force Readiness Manual. He completed his JPME I from the Naval War College and a MBA from University of Florida.



His GSA assignment was to First Combined Destroyer Squadron (1-CDS) in January 2013. This proof of concept combined US/UK Sailors to form a DESRON in support of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group. He served there for 6 months standing watch as Staff TAO and ASW Coordinator during C2X in January 2013, SCC 36 during Group Sail in May 2013, and IAC II during SUSTAINEX June 2013. He reported onboard Roosevelt in Dec 2014 as the Weapons Officer until Aug 2016. He is currently serving as the CSO.



He is happily married to his wife, Thiara Lopez, for 16 years. They have three boys, Ethan 14, Evan 11, and Einar (pronounced Ay-nar) 9. Evan is their Special boy diagnosed with Autism at age 2 and enrolled in the EFM program since 2008.