Rear Adm. (ret) Raymond K. Alexander, a native of Taylor, Mich., was commissioned an ensign, Civil Engineer Corps in 1975 through NROTC. The honor graduate of Civil Engineer Corps basic course 138, he began his military service with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133.
During the next 28 years of Naval service, Alexander has held every leadership and command billet within the Naval Construction Force. This includes commanding Construction Battalion Unit 403, U.S. Naval Academy, NMCB 24, and the 3rd Naval Construction Regiment. He has served on flag staffs as well as on two joint commands as the deputy engineer– U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Central Command.
During his 30 year career, he has made deployments to Diego Garcia; Rota, Spain; Nea Marki/Souda Bay, Greece; Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; United Arab Emirates; Iraq and Korea. During the Gulf War, he was assigned as the I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Forward Engineer and led the Seabee detachments at the Battle of Kafhji and during the ground assault with 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions to liberate Kuwait City. He recently returned from Iraq where he commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Engineer Group, consisting of 2,000 U.S. Army, Marine engineers and Seabees in the Al Anbar province and was responsible for coalition forces engineering support prior to, during, and post Battle of Fallujah. He was also appointed as the reconstruction manager for the City of Fallujah as well as all of Al Anbar.
Alexander served as Deputy Commander, 1st Naval Construction Division, Norfolk, Va. and served as the Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers in his final assignment.
Alexander's professional education includes a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering/ Construction Management from the University of Michigan, a master of engineering degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and he is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Alabama. Alexander's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3) along with various unit commendations, and multiple campaign medals with Fleet Marine Corps devices and battle stars. He is also a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist.