Captain Gustavo Vergara was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and moved in 1983 to Somers, New York. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Duke University where he earned a degree in Mathematics in 1993. In 2009, he earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School.
He received his Surface Warfare Officer qualification aboard USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) and qualified Nuclear Engineer Officer aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). He attended the Defense Language Institute to study French and served as an exchange officer with the French Navy aboard the FS DUQUESNE. He served at Navy Recruiting Region SOUTH as Regional Recruiter for Nuclear Power Officer Candidates and in 2004 became an Engineering Duty Officer.
His Engineering Duty Officer tours include: Assistant and Deputy Project Superintendent on Aircraft Carriers and Assistant Business and Strategic Planning Officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Deputy Project Superintendent on Submarines at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; Engineer Officer aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73); Operations Officer and Engineering and Planning Officer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility; and Military Deputy for Shipyard Operations at Naval Sea Systems Command’s Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations Directorate.
He assumed command of the Naples, Italy, based Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center on July 7th, 2017 and has detachments in Rota, Spain, and Manama, Bahrain. He also acts as the Commander Sixth Fleet’s Maintenance Officer.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.