Commander Carlos J. Cintron is originally from Buffalo, NY. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993 and was subsequently commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of Rochester. CDR Cintron completed Surface Warfare Officer Training and reported aboard USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH 11) in San Diego as the Boilers Officer and Weapons Officer. Other sea duty included USS GARY (FFG 51) in San Diego as the Auxiliaries Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant and VBSS Officer from 1996-1998, USS ARDENT (MCM 11) in Bahrain as the Chief Engineer from 2001-2003, Destroyer Squadron One in San Diego as the Materiel Officer from 2003-2005, and USS ELROD (FFG 55) as the Executive Officer from 2005-2007.
CDR Cintron spent significant time in Joint billets, serving at US Special Operations Command Korea as the Current Operations Division Chief and Director of Transformation from 2008-2010, US Africa Command as the North Africa Program Manager for Counter Narcoterrorism/Law Enforcement and the Chief of Staff/Executive Officer from 2010-2013, and US Central Command/AFPAK Hand as the Central Asia and the Levant Current Operations Branch Chief, Taliban Reintegration Advisor for the Afghan High Peace Council, and the Senior Advisor to the Commander of the Afghan Border Police, from 2013-2016.
His advanced degrees include an M.S. in Undersea Warfare/Physical Oceanography at the US Naval Post Graduate School in 2001, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College in 2008.
In 2016 he reported aboard Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Division, Keyport WA as Executive Officer.
CDR Cintron’s awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (w/1 oak leaf), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/5 stars), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon (w/1 star).