Lieutenant Commander Ahmadi, from Simi Valley, California, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2003. He earned his commission in 2004 from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. Following completion of initial nuclear power and submarine training, he served as a division officer onboard USS COLUMBUS (SSN 762), in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 2005 to 2008. During his tour he completed a Depot Modernization Period in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard followed by a WESTPAC deployment in 2008 receiving the Submarine Squadron Seven Battle Efficiency Award.
He earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2010 and became a certified Professional Engineer in Chemical Engineering in 2012. Upon completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in May 2012, he reported onboard USS ALBUQUERQUE (SSN 706) in San Diego, California as the Engineer Officer. On board from 2012 to 2014, the ship completed one WESTPAC deployment in 2013 followed by a Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability in 2014 and received the Submarine Squadron Battle Efficiency Award.
LCDR Ahmadi’s first shore tour was a non-traditional shore duty assignment as a Tomahawk Mission Planner and Officer in Charge of the U.S. Seventh Fleet Strike Planning Cell onboard the USS BLUERIDGE (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan from 2008-2010. Following that tour, he served as an instructor and Division Director at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, SC from 2010-2011. Following his department head tour, he served as the Submarine Squadron Seven Engineer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 2014-2017.
LCDR Ahmadi relieved as the Executive Officer, USS WASHINGTON (SSN 787) in June 2017 after attending the Submarine Command Course in Groton, Connecticut. USS WASHINGTON is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2017.