Rear Adm. Dean VanderLey is a native of Tacoma, WA. He graduated from Calvin College with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI in 1991. He holds a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
VanderLey assumed command of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic and duties as Fleet Civil Engineer, United States Fleet Forces Command on 06 August 2019. He previously commanded Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4.
After entering the Navy through the nuclear submarine training pipeline, VanderLey served on the USS MICHIGAN, SSBN 727, in various division officer positions from 1993-1996. He then served as the lead instructor for the Trident Prospective Commanding Officer course at Trident Training Facility, Bangor.
VanderLey was selected for transfer to the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) in 1998. His initial CEC tours included Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; Assistant Public Works Officer at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland; and Operations Officer for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7.
His facilities and staff tours include Planning Officer at CNIC; Executive Assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Installations and Environment), Mr. Wayne Arny; Public Works Officer for Naval Station Norfolk; Civil Engineer Corps Head Detailer; Deputy Commander for Operations for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, and most recently Vice Commander for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic.
VanderLey is a Submarine and Seabee Combat Warfare officer, a Joint Qualified Officer, a member of the Acquisition Professional Community, aregistered Professional Engineer, and a Certified Energy Manager. VanderLey is proud to have served with teams authorized to wear the Army and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Navy "E" Ribbon, and in receipt of the Peltier Award. His decorations include two Legion of Merits, Bronze Star, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals.