Captain Marcello Caceres is a native of Napa, California. After a year at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He was commissioned an Ensign in May 1993. After completing initial training as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in Pensacola, Florida, he transferred to VAW-120 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and earned his wings of gold in September 1995.
In March 1996, CAPT Caceres reported to the “Liberty Bells” of VAW-115, forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan. He made continuous deployments aboard the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), including missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. He was named the Pacific Fleet’s Hawkeye NFO of the Year for 1998.
In June 2000, CAPT Caceres was selected as the Events Coordinator (#8) for the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels).
In May 2004, CAPT Caceres reported to the “Seahawks” of VAW-126 as a Department Head. He deployed aboard the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Joint Task Force Katrina.
In February 2011, CAPT Caceres took over as Commanding Officer of VAW-115. His tour included multiple deployments aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), detachments to Guam and Iwo Jima; and most notably, executed missions in support of Operation Tomodachi.
CAPT Caceres’ tours ashore included VAW-120 for duty as an FRS instructor, 5th Fleet / NAVCENT as the Flag Aide to the Commander, Naval War College as a student of the College of Naval Warfare where he graduated with Distinction, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, where he served for one year in the Staff Secretariat and then as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander, and OPNAV N98 as the Special Programs Branch Head (N98P).
In March 2016, CAPT Caceres reported to Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing in Point Mugu, California as the Deputy Commodore and assumed command in August 2017.
CAPT Caceres’ personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Strike Flight Air Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), along with various campaign, unit, and service awards.