Rear Adm. Alexander graduated from the University of Colorado in 1978 and, upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1981, was commissioned an ensign. In November of that year he was designated a naval aviator.
Operational tours include assignments with the Sea Snakes of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Squadron (light) (HSL) 33, the HSL-46 Grandmasters (three tours) and USS Nassau (LHA 4). Alexander served in a variety of billets including detachment maintenance officer and officer in charge, squadron NATOPS officer, quality assurance officer, operations officer, maintenance officer, executive officer and commanding officer. He served as air boss aboard Nassau during Operations Noble Anvil and Allied Force in 1999.
Tours ashore have included the Air Wolves of HSL-40; The Naval War College; Chief of Naval Operations Staff; the Joint Staff; and, Naval Base Coronado, Calif. During these tours he served as quality assurance officer and instructor pilot; flag aide; aviation programs analyst; division chief; and, commanding officer.
Alexander was awarded a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College in 1992 and attended the Armed Forces Staff College in 1998. He was recognized by the Naval Helicopter Association as a member of the 1993 Aircrew of the Year (embarked) and, in 1989, he received the Rear Admiral Allan G. Paulson award for inspirational leadership from Commander, Helicopter Sea Control Wing Three.
From August 2006 to October 2008 Alexander served as commander, Navy Region Hawaii and commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. He then served as commander, Navy Region Southeast until assuming his current duties in September 2011.
Alexander's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.