Rear Adm. Andrew J. Loiselle is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island and a 1988 graduate of Assumption College with a degree in mathematics. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Holy Cross. He earned his Wings of Gold in January 1991. He earned an Executive Master of Business Administration through the Naval Postgraduate School with a Financial Management subspecialty in 2004 and graduated from the Navy’s nuclear power school with honors in 2007.
His tours at sea include Fighter Squadron (VF-142) in the F-14B, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-195), and command of VFA-146 in the FA-18C, executive officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), command of USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).
Ashore tours include Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) in China Lake, VFA-125 in Lemoore, J35 on the Joint Staff and executive assistant to Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations (N3/N5), Plans and Strategy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Flag tours include deputy director, Future Joint Force Development (J7), Joint Staff. He currently serves aboard the flag ship USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight.
Loiselle has accumulated more than 3,600 mishap-free fighter flight hours and has more than 800 arrested landings on 10 different aircraft carriers.
His awards include Defense Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals (one with Combat V) and numerous unit and campaign citations.