Rear Adm. Huan Nguyen immigrated to the United States in 1975 after the fall of Saigon. He is the first Vietnamese-American to achieve flag rank. He is a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds a master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, engineering from Purdue University, and information technology (with highest distinction) from Carnegie Mellon University. He received a direct commission in the Reserve Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) program in 1993.
His operational tours include multiple waterfront maintenance assignments including test officer onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during restricted availability at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka, and officer-in-charge of Detachment 113, Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka, Japan. Later, he served as executive officer and chief engineer for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) field office in Camp Victory supporting Multi-National Corps Iraq, and CREW engineer with Task Force Paladin and the Combined Explosive and Exploitation Cell supporting Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. He was instrumental in the stand-up of Joint CREW Composite Squadron One in Iraq.
Staff assignments included director, Military Programs at Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA); executive officer for NAVSEA enlisted personnel; and Engineering Duty Offier community manager (Reserve Component). Most recently, he served as deputy chief Information Officer for NAVSEA. Selected Reserve assignments included command of five units within NAVSEA; U.S. Pacific Fleet; and the Office of Naval Research.
Nguyen’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal (two awards). He had the honor of serving with teams that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.