Capt. Alan Schrader graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science from the University of Colorado in Electrical Engineering.
His submarine assignments were as a Division Officer on USS BATFISH (SSN 681), as Combat Systems Officer on USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761), as Executive Officer on USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) (BLUE), and as Commanding Officer of the USS NEVADA (SSBN 733)(BLUE). During his command tour, he led the combined crew through the final stages of a 27-month, $200 million Engineered Refueling Overhaul. After crew split, he then led the Blue Crew through all certifications for strategic operations and four strategic deterrent patrols.
His staff and shore assignments include as Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Instructor at the University of Colorado; Executive Officer of Moored Training Ship (MTS 635); Action Officer and Executive Assistant to the Director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J8), the Joint Staff; and Branch Head, Operations, Evaluation, and Training, Strategic Systems Programs (SP 205).
Captain Schrader is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Staff Achievement Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Battle "E" Efficiency Ribbon (three awards).
In September 2016, Captain Schrader assumed command of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), which encompasses nearly 11,000 acres in Washington, Alaska and a site in British Columbia, Canada. Locally, NBK’s installations include Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Manchester and Jackson Park.