In January 1992, Commander Averett was commissioned under the Limited Duty Officer program and completed OIS Training in Pensacola, Florida. Returning to sea, he deployed to multiple AORs, qualified as an Officer of the Deck, Surface Warfare Officer, and served as Communications Officer and Assistant Operations Officer onboard USS DENVER (LPD-9) until June 1995.
From July 1995 to October 1997, Commander Averett was assigned to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic Headquarters as a Staff Operations Officer and Deputy Commander for LCO Norfolk. Additionally, he served as NATO Liaison Officer aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) for JWID-97. In November 1997, he reported aboard USS TARAWA (LHA-1) as CIS Department Head and made multiple deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Red Sea until December 2000.CDR Averett’s other sea duty assignments included: C5I Department Head, USS NASSAU (LHA-4); Combat Systems Maintenance Officer, USS NIMITZ (CVN-68); Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) C4I Officer and Staff Communicator (N6), Commander Amphibious Group TWO; Combat Systems Officer, USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN-69). During this span, he completed five deployments to the Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific AORs. Commander Averett’s shore assignments include: Executive Officer of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Diego Garcia and Officer-in-Charge of NCTAMS PACIFIC Detachment, Diego Garcia. He also served at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Millington, Tennessee as the LDO/CWO IP Detailer, IP Community Placement Officer, and PERS-47 Budget Director. On August 30th, 2010, Commander Averett assumed command of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain.
Commander Averett is a graduate of Columbia College, Joint Forces Staff College, Information Professional Senior Officers Course, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology from Capella University. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal with an oak leaf cluster, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and various other service medals and ribbons.
Please note: Sea duty, sea duty, sea duty, and then some more sea duty! I suspect he will have a very successful command tour. I hope the IP community has some O6 LDO billets because this guy deserves one. Plain and simple, this guy is a kick butt Naval officer. I salute you Commander and skipper. 28 years of Naval service.