Lt. Cmdr Christopher Torres is a native of San Diego, California. He is a 2003 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 program at the Naval War College. Torres completed multiple courses through the Joint Special Operations University and Defense Acquisition University.
He served at sea as the First Division Officer, Automated Data Processing Officer and as Aviation and Safety Officer in USS DENVER (LPD-9).
In 2005, he subsequently reported to USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59) as Navigator, Administration and Legal Officer. He served as Assistant Operations Officer and Combat Information Center Officer in USS PONCE (LPD-15) from 2007-2008.
His first Department Head tour was as Operations Officer in USS HOWARD (DDG-83). In 2013, he reported to his second Department Head tour as N5 Plans and Tactics Officer for DESTROYER SQUADRON NINE, the Sea Combat Commander for RONALD REAGAN CARRIER STRIKE GROUP.
From 2014-2016, Torres served as the Scheduler, Readiness Officer and Assistant Surface Operations Officer for CARRIER STRIKE GROUP THREE embarked JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74).
He has completed multiple deployments to the Western Pacific, Mediterranean, AFRICOM and CENTCOM areas of responsibility.
In addition, he served as a maritime and logistics planner in support of multiple exercises, to include ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN (Republic of Korea), COBRA GOLD (Kingdom of Thailand), DAWN BLITZ, FOAL EAGLE (Republic of Korea), and RIMPAC.
Ashore, Torres served on the staff of Commander, THIRD FLEET as a Fleet Watch Officer within Current Operations, COMDESRON TWO THREE staff, and as an Instructor, Recruiting Officer and Freshman Advisor for NROTCU New Mexico.
In 2016, LCDR Torres reported to the office of the Director, Navy Staff (DNS-2 Executive Special Projects Directorate) as OPNAV’s Forums Director and Action Officer Course Manager. He oversaw logistics and planning for all CNO-hosted Flag Level Symposiums within the National Capital Region.
In 2017, Lieutenant Commander Torres served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director Navy Staff. In 2018, he selected to serve as the DEA to OPNAV N9 (Deputy CNO for Warfare Systems), managing all staff/legislative actions for the Navy’s warfare requirements lead. While at OPNAV, he qualified for Command at Sea and was designated as a “Level B” Requirements Officer.
Prior to reporting to his current assignment, Lieutenant Commander Torres served as an Officer in Charge and Current Operations Director in support of a Task Force. He assumed the duties as Executive Officer of Naval Station Newport, RI in 2020.
His personal awards include one Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and three Navy Achievement Medals.