University of Southern California
USC Department of Naval Science


LT Luis “Lou” Alvarez

Officer Instructor



Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Lieutenant Luis “Lou” Alvarez enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Eagle Rock High School in 2001 at age 17. After graduating from naval Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL he attended Aviation Machinist Mate “A” school in Pensacola FL, where he was meritoriously advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.

He reported to his first enlisted tour aboard the HELMINERON FIFTEEN (HM-15) stationed in Corpus Christi, TX. He earned several qualifications to include Collateral Duty Inspector for three different work centers and Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative for Power Plants. After a successful four year sea tour he was selected to become a Naval Instructor for his follow-on shore tour aboard Naval Operational Support Center San Jose, CA. In December 2006 he earned his B.S. in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, RI the following year.

After earning his commission from OCS, he reported to his first division officer tour, as the Repair Officer aboard USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52). Following his tour on PEARL HARBOR he was assigned as the ship’s Damage Control Assistant aboard USS MCCLUCKY (FFG 41).

In July 2012, LT Alvarez reported as the Surface Warfare Officer Instructor for the University of Southern California.

His decorations and awards include the Navy Achievement Medal (4), Navy Good Conduct (2), and various campaign and unit decorations.

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