Lieutenant Brian G. Rigez
LT Brian G. Rigez was born in Stony Brook, NY in December of 1986, and grew up in Dallas, PA. He attended the United States Naval Academy and completed a rigorous course of study, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Naval Architecture in 2009.
Upon graduation, he received a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy, and commenced the nuclear power training pipeline. He reported to Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina for six months, followed by six months at the Nuclear Power Training Unit, in Ballston Spa, NY; there he received both academic training and practical hands-on training on a nuclear reactor, becoming qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch on a S8G nuclear prototype reactor.
He continued his career education at Submarine Officer Basic School in Groton, Connecticut, where he studied submarine warfare tactics. He subsequently transferred to his first submarine, the USS BOISE (SSN-764), located in Norfolk, VA, in January 2011. There he was assigned the duties of Reactor Controls Assistant, Quality Assurance Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. As a junior officer onboard BOISE, LT Rigez served as a vital member of the wardroom during a Submarine Command Course, two Tactical Readiness Evaluations, two Operational Reactor Safeguards Evaluations and, a deployment to the EUCOM AOR. During this time, he earned his Gold Dolphins for qualification as a submarine officer and completed his certification as an Engineer on Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plants.
For his efforts, during his time onboard the BOISE, he was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service ribbon, and a two Navy Achievement Medals.
LT Rigez was promoted to his current grade, of Lieutenant, in June of 2013. In November of 2013, LT Rigez reported to Florida A&M University NROTC. He and his wife Laura currently reside in Tallahassee, FL.