Commander Alec “Vdog” Villegas enlisted in the Navy in 1985. His first assignment was onboard USS Ranger (CV 61), where he completed multiple Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments to the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea, supporting Operation ERNEST WILL missions.
In his next assignment, from 1989-1992, he served as a Survival Evasion, Resistance and Escape Instructor (SERE), training over 500 high-risk-of-capture personnel at Naval Air Station North Island CA. His next tour was onboard USS Constellation (CV 64) from 1992-1997, where he supported a multi-million dollar Docking Planned Incremental Maintenance Availability (DPIA), sea trials and certifications, homeport shift to San Diego, California, and a deployment to the Persian Gulf.
From 1997 to 1999 CDR Villegas served in the Air Operations Department out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. He was commissioned as a naval officer in June 1999.
Commander Villegas’ first naval officer assignment was as Aviation Launch and Recovery Equipment Maintenance Officer, forward deployed onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), where he was responsible for the ship’s primary weapons system. There he completed two wartime deployments in support of the initial U.S. response following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
In 2002 he reported to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), stationed in San Diego, CA. As Fuels Division and Flight Deck Officer, he led 180 Sailors, completing a deployment, homeport change to Bremerton, WA and a DPIA.
His next assignment was to the Salty Dogs of VX-23, Strike Aircraft Test Unit, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD as Test Site Officer, where he led support for aircraft air test shore-based catapult and arresting gear systems while working on multiple aircraft and weapons testing. His following tour was back to USS Stennis from 2008-2010 as a Principle Assistant to the Air Boss, responsible for 500 Sailors and 68 combat aircraft, completing two deployments to 5th Fleet AOR in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
From 2010-2013 he served as Air Systems Officer for Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet, responsible for the repair and overhaul of ten nuclear aircraft carriers. CDR Villegas reported for duty as Weapons Officer onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) at Naval Station Everett, WA in 2013, where he completed a deployment to the 5th Fleet AOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, executing a homeport change and an Extended Planned Incremental Availability.
His most recent tour was from 2016-2019 as Executive Officer Navy Munitions Command Pacific CONUS West Division, located in Seal Beach, CA, where he was responsible for 1,000 military, government civilian and contractor personnel at twelve dispersed locations.
Commander Villegas is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Silver Star, and various unit commendations, campaign ribbons and awards.