Cmdr. Andrea M. Ragusa
Cmdr. Andrea M. Ragusa is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated high school in Bryson City, North Carolina. From August of 1992 through July 1999 she served in the United States Army. She graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2001, commissioned an Ensign in September of 2001 after completing Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a naval aviator in March 2003.
Her operational assignments include two tours with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 completing her first tour as the quality assurance officer and department head tour where she served as detachment officer in charge in Pohang, South Korea. She served two tours with HM-15, a SWTI tour and her executive and then commanding officer tour in Norfolk, Virginia. During this time the squadron earned two Battle “E” awards and the CNO Safety “S” award. She has over 1,700 hours primarily in the MH-53E Sea Dragon.
Her shore assignments include tours with Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School, aide de camp to the Chief of Staff to NATO's Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia, and Navy Expeditionary Warfare (OPNAV 95) in Arlington, Virginia. Ragusa received a Master’s of Business Administration from Naval Postgraduate School in 2007, and attended Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2017.
Upon completion of her commanding officer tour, Ragusa was selected for the Secretary of the Navy Tours with Industry program where she was a fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory.
Ragusa’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4), and numerous other unit campaign awards.