LCDR Annis was born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette University in 1999 and earned his commission through the Marquette University Navy ROTC program with a degree in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law. Following commissioning he completed Surface Warfare Officer’s School in Newport, Rhode Island.
At sea, he has served as Executive Officer, USS AVENGER (MCM 1), Weapons Officer, USS MOMSEN (DDG 92), Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer, USS KITTY HAWK (CV63), and Communications Officer, USS DEWERT (FFG 45). Throughout his sea tours he completed 5 deployments, including two deployments in support of Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, multiple deployments to the Seventh Fleet Area of Operations and one deployment as part of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (SNFL) Battlegroup.
Ashore, LCDR Annis served as the Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center La Crosse Wisconsin. He also served as the Operations Officer and Deputy Chief Staff Officer of Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, and Operations Officer for Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven in Sasebo, Japan.
LCDR Annis’ personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one gold star) and various campaign and service awards.