Rear Adm. Andrew J. Mueller graduated from the University of Rochester in New York, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. He received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was designated a naval aviator in March of 1991. He is a distinguished graduate from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Distant Education Program.
Mueller’s operational tours include flying the A-6E Intruder with the “Main Battery” of Attack Squadron (VA) 196 stationed on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington. Following F/A-18 aircraft transition training, he reported for a second sea tour flying the F/A-18C with the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 stationed on board NAS Cecil Field, Florida. While conducting Adriatic Sea operations, he served as the John F. Kennedy Carrier Strike Group liaison officer to the Combined Air Operations Center, Vicenza, Italy. He later deployed with VFA-204 and Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20 on board USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for an Around-the-Horn deployment.
Mueller’s command tours include VFA-204 on board NAS New Orleans, Louisiana; Training Air Wing 1 Reserve Component Command on board NAS Meridian, Mississippi; Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group (NR CSG) 5 supporting Commander, Task Force 70, the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, forward deployed to Naval Station, Yokosuka, Japan; U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Det. 802 supporting Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy.
Shore Assignments include training officer and wing landing signal officer with Commander, Medium Attack Wing Pacific; department head tours in safety, operations and maintenance with VFA-204; chief of staff with NR CSG-5; NEPLO (Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer) for the State of Mississippi; deputy commander, Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command Fort Worth, Texas. Chief of staff, NR Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5).
He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.