Rear Adm. Piret is a native of Chico, Calif., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Oceanography. He holds master’s degrees in oceanography and meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he graduated with distinction.
At sea, Rear Adm. Piret served aboard HMS Herald (H138) as operations officer, NATO transit helicopter controller, aviation officer, gunnery safety officer, and Warfare Department head during a deployment to the eastern Mediterranean. Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), he served as oceanographer, officer of the deck underway and command duty officer underway during a deployment with Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9 in the Western Pacific.
Ashore, he served as forecast duty officer at Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Rota, Spain; tactical hydrographic and meteorological officer at the Royal Navy School of Maritime Operations, HMS Dryad, Southwick, England; associate chairman of the Oceanography Department at the U.S. Naval Academy; deputy director of Operations for Expeditionary Warfare, Naval Oceanography Operations Command; executive officer, Naval Oceanography Operations Command; deputy assistant chief of staff for Requirements, Programs and Assessments, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; Arctic Affairs Officer for the Oceanographer of the Navy onboard the Chief of Naval Operations Staff; fellow to the Naval Command College Class of 2017, Naval War College’s Senior Officer International Program; executive officer, Naval Oceanographic Office; and chief of staff, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.
Rear Adm. Piret commanded the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previously he commanded Provincial Reconstruction Team Uruzgan in southern Afghanistan working alongside multinational and interagency partners in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.