CAPT Andrew Gillespy is a native of Grand Prairie TX. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned through the NROTC program.
Upon completing his nuclear and submarine training, Gillespy served aboard USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735) (BLUE) where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet and the first Extended Refit Period in Kings Bay. On the PENNSYLVANIA he earned his dolphins and qualified as an Engineer. After serving at Recruiting Command as the Enlisted Nuclear and Submarine Branch Head, he was accepted for lateral transfer into the Engineering Duty Community.
Gillespy qualified as an Engineering Duty Officer at SUPSHIP Groton where he completed numerous repair and new construction availabilities. He also served as the waterfront coordinator in both the repair and new construction departments. While at SUPSHIP Groton, he completed an Individual Augmentation (IA) tour as the Joint Engineering Department Head for US Forces Afghanistan detachment South/Southwest in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In Team Sub, Gillespy held positions in the COLUMBIA Program Office as the Affordability Assistant Program Manager (APM) and as the Aft Project Officer, in the VIRGINIA Program Office as the APM for Construction and Test, and in the Advanced Undersea Systems Office as the APM for Acquisition. Gillespy also served as a Professor of the Practice at MIT in Naval Construction and Engineering Program. He is currently serving as the Commanding Officer at SUPSHIP Groton.
Gillespy’s education includes three degrees from MIT including the professional degree of Naval Engineer, a doctorate in Ocean Engineering, and a masters in Engineering and Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Business. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2) and other individual and unit awards.