Captain Rafael “Ray” Acevedo was born in San Diego, Calif., and raised in Virginia Beach, Va. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Political Science and received his commission in 1995.
At sea, Acevedo served his first tour aboard USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as the Combat Information Center Officer, and later as the Communications Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, deploying twice to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Areas of Responsibility (AORs).
In April 2000, Acevedo reported to USS Mitscher (DDG 57) as the Operations Officer, and then subsequently to Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE as the Staff Operations Officer, deploying for nine months to the U.S Pacific Command (PACOM) AOR aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Acevedo’s tours ashore include the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., where he earned two master’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Technology Management. He then served on the staff of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet as the Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile Tactics and Experimentation Officer.
In June 2008, Acevedo reported to USS Shoup (DDG 86) as the Executive Officer. During this time, DDG-86 carried out two deployments as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group, including to the PACOM and CENTCOM AORs in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Acevedo assumed command of USS Shoup in June 2011, completing a nine-month dry-docking maintenance availability and full training cycle with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group.
Following his command tour, Acevedo transitioned to the Surface Warfare Acquisition Corps, where he completed his initial acquisition tour with Program Executive Office (PEO) Enterprise Information Systems as the Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) Fleet Liaison and Assistant Program Manager for the Navy Information Application Product Suite and the Navy 311 Navy Help Desk. Afterwards, he served PEO Integrated Warfare Systems 2.0 as the Fleet Readiness Officer and Assistant Program Manager for the Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare System, before assuming his current position as the Commanding Officer at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division.
Acevedo’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.