Rear Adm. Gaucher is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida. In addition, he has completed the Executive Business Course in Monterey, California, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies Seminar XXI.
Gaucher’s operational assignments include service in both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines including service as division officer, USS Flying Fish (SSN-673), navigator/operations officer, USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723), executive officer, USS Maryland (SSBN-738) (BLUE), commanding officer, USS City of Corpus Christi, and commodore, Submarine Development Squadron Five.
During these tours he completed three strategic deterrent patrols as well as deployments to the Arctic, Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean.
Gaucher’s staff assignments include instructor duty at Naval Nuclear Power School; flag aide for the Commander Submarine Force; Maritime Operations branch head at U. S. Pacific Command; director, Operational Support Branch, Chief of Naval Operations staff; chief of staff, Commander Submarine Forces Atlantic.
During his command tour, USS City of Corpus Christi completed two Western Pacific mission cycles, and a homeport change to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii while earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Submarine Squadron 15 Battle Efficiency ‘E’. While serving in major command Development Squadron Five he was responsible for theSeawolf class submarines, Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron One, and several special project ocean engineering and research and development detachments. DEVRON Five earned the Navy Unit Commendation during his tour.
Gaucher’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and various campaign, unit, and service awards including the David Lloyd Award for outstanding leadership and the AFCEA Award for excellence in Command, Control, and Tactical Planning.