Rear Adm. Louis Cariello is a native of Astoria, Queens, New York, and was raised in Willingboro and Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he majored in mechanical engineering. He received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and engineering management from Drexel University in 1994 and attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Cariello’s operational assignments include: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, deploying to Subic Bay, Philippines and Vieques Island, Puerto Rico; then returning to NMCB-4 as operations officer, deploying to Okinawa, Japan, and Puerto Rico; 2nd Naval Construction Brigade as current operations officer, deploying as the commander of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (Forward) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, attached to Joint Task Force 160; NMCB-1 as commanding officer, deploying the battalion throughout the Al Anbar Province of Iraq and sites across the Europe, Africa, Caribbean and Pacific theaters; and the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment as commander, deploying the regiment to Afghanistan as commander of Task Force Alliance, responsible for multi-service engineering operations in support of the NATO and United States Forces, a coalition operation for Regional Commands South, Southwest and West.
His shore assignments include Naval Station New York in Brooklyn and the Staten Island Homeport as resident officer in charge of construction (ROICC); Public Works Center, Guam as staff civil engineer; Engineering Field Activity Midwest Contracts Office in Crane, Indiana, as ROICC; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N80 as facilities and infrastructure programming analyst; Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific as deputy commander for operations; Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, as commanding officer and 20th Seabee Readiness Group as commander; NAVFAC Europe Africa Southwest Asia as commanding officer; deputy commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command; and commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, before assuming his most recent duties as the director of the Energy and Environmental Readiness Division on the chief of naval operations staff.
Cariello is a qualified Seabee combat warfare officer, member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, registered professional engineer in New Jersey and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the U.S. Naval Institute. He was selected as the 2005 recipient of Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership. He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, along with other personal, unit and service awards.