A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, Rear Adm. Andrew J. Loiselle graduated from Assumption College in 1988 with a degree in mathematics. He was commissioned through the Naval ROTC 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.
After training in the F-14B, his first assignment was with Fighter Squadron 142 where he made the maiden deployment of USS George Washington (CVN 73). After training in the FA-18C, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 in China Lake, California. Loiselle reported for his department head tour with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 in Atsugi, Japan, in 1998 where he deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). In 2001, he reported to VFA-125 in Lemoore, California, and served as both the training officer and executive officer.
Loiselle reported as executive officer of VFA-146 in 2004 and took command in 2005. He deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He was subsequently selected for Aviation Nuclear Power and reported aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as executive officer in 2008.
Subsequent to this tour, he was assigned to U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Joint Staff, where he served as the division chief for Global Force Management. He took command of the amphibious assault warship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) in 2012 and deployed to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Loiselle was selected to command USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in 2013 and deployed to CENTCOM. Under his command, the ship had a clean sweep of all available performance based awards. He most recently served as the executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N3/N5.
Loiselle has accumulated more than 3,600 mishap-free fighter flight hours and has more than 950 arrested landings on 10 different aircraft carriers. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legions of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals (one with Combat V) and numerous unit and campaign citations.