Rear Adm. Samuel Perez Jr., a native of El Paso, Texas, is a 1980 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. At sea, he served aboard the USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964), USS Knox (FF 1052) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). His at-sea commands include command of USS Reclaimer (ARS 42), command of USS Vincennes (CG 49), command of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and command of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1. During his tour as commander, CSG-1, he completed a 5th Fleet deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Ashore, he served as the program integrator for the Navy Theater Wide Theater Ballistic Missile Defense program at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization; Future Ships branch head in the N76 Division of the chief of naval operations; assistant deputy director for Regional Operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and executive assistant to the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the Navy Central Command (NAVCENT) area of operations, he served as both the NAVCENT chief of staff and deputy commander, 5th Fleet.
Perez also served as the deputy director, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS). During his tour at JIATFS, he deployed to Haiti and participated in Operation Unified Response as the commander, Joint Task Force Port Opening. He served as deputy assistant secretary for Plans, Programs and Operations in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Perez earned a master's degree in Strategic Planning at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He completed a one-year Federal Executive Fellowship tour at the Strategic Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served as a senior fellow with the chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.
Perez is the 65th president, Board of Inspection and Survey. He is responsible for assessing the material readiness of the fleet.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.