CAPT Andrew Gainer
MS IT Management, University of Maryland (Online); B.S., Civil Engineering, Northwestern
University, Chicago, IL
Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific)
Captain Andrew Gainer assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Information Warfare
Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific), May 7, 2020. Gainer served as the command’s Executive
Officer from February 2017 to May 2020. NIWC Pacific hosts more than 4,800 civilian
and military personnel charged with research, development, fielding, and support of
advanced technologies which underpin a range of command, control, communications,
computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber, and space
A native of Washington state, Gainer received his commission upon graduation from
Northwestern University and entered the Navy’s nuclear propulsion and submarine training
program. After 12 years in the submarine force, he transferred to the Information
Professional (IP) Officer community in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in information
technology management from the University of Maryland.
At sea, Gainer served aboard USS Birmingham (SSN 695), USS Florida (SSBN/SSGN 728
GOLD), Commander Task Group (CTG) 515.1, and USS Peleliu (LHA 5). In 2015, he assumed
the role of Information Warfare Commander (IWC) in Carrier Strike Group 3, where he
integrated all four Navy IW disciplines (intelligence, cryptologic, C4I, and meteorological/oceanographic)
into strike group plans and operations. Gainer also served in Baghdad, Iraq, where
he collaborated with Iraqi and international stakeholders to strengthen Iraq’s information
and communications technology sector.
Gainer’s shore assignments include a variety of divisional and departmental leadership
positions. In 2004, he reported to Commander, Submarine Group Eight in Naples, Italy,
as the Deputy Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer. He remained in Naples as
the first Navy Europe Plans and Operations Executive Officer in the combined U.S.
Sixth Fleet/Naval Forces Europe staff. Then, as a new IP, he reported as Commander,
U.S. Third Fleet Information Management officer, where he helped develop the Maritime
Operations Center (MOC) concept. In May 2013, he reported to the NIWC Pacific Program
Executive Office for C4I, where he supervised development and acquisition of shore-
based tactical networks.
Gainer’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service
Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement
Medals, and various service and campaign awards.