Captain Rafael “Rafi” Facundo, native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, received his commission via Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. in 1997. After completion of Surface Officer School in Newport, R.I., he reported to his first assignment aboard the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) where he served as the Weapons Division officer. During his tour on USS Oak Hill, he earned his designation as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed a Sixth Fleet deployment.
Werner Rauchenstein, born and raised in Alaska, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He earned a commission as an Ensign and was assigned to NAS Pensacola for flight training.
Command Master Chief (SS/SW) Brian J. McDonough enlisted in December 1990 and attended Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois with follow-on orders to Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Electronics Technician (ET) "A" and "C" schools in Groton, Connecticut.