Cmdr. Brad Alaniz graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1994 and commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. Prior to reporting to the U.S. Naval War College in 2017, he served on various ships, primarily based in Yokosuka, Japan, and he served most recently on USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) on the Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet staff. Ashore, he served as operations branch chief for Ballistic Missile Defense at U.S. Strategic Command and as commanding officer of Naval Recruiting District, Dallas. Cmdr. Alaniz is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.