Commander Alvaro (Al) Lima was born and raised in Liberty, UT, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986. He attended boot camp in Orlando, FL. Following his enlisted advanced school training, served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare operator and Rescue Swimmer in an H-3 “Sea King” helicopter stationed at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, CA. It was during this period, in 1988, when he applied and was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988.
After graduating the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering, Commander Lima went on to training and was designated a winged Naval Aviator in 1995. His first commissioned assignment was in Patrol Squadron FOUR stationed at Barber’s Point, HI, where he wrapped up his tour as the Assistance Maintenance Officer. Leaving HI, Commander Lima moved onto Training Squadron THREE in Milton, FL, where he served as an Operations Officer.
Heading back to the fleet, Commander Lima reported onboard the aircraft carrier JOHN C. STENNIS, CVN 74, stationed in San Diego, CA, and served as the Training Officer. He then returned to Patrol Squadron FOUR, now based out of Kanoehe Bay, HI, and served as a Department Head and Operations Officer. He then transferred to Commander, Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Force TWELVE/THIRTY-FOUR. Relocating from the islands to Europe, Commander Lima served as the Officer in Charge of the U.S. National Support Element to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Lisbon, Portugal. He departed Portugal to serve as the Current Operations Officer at Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain.
Commander Lima was the Air Operations Officer at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, before arriving in Newport in September of 2016 to serve as the Naval Station Newport Executive Officer.
Commander Lima holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management from Touro University International, 2004. His decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Army Achievement Medal and various other unit and campaign awards.