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Lieutenant Commander Juan "Gator" Mejia is a navigator aboard the USS Nathan James. He is responsible for the coordinates and conditions that affect the ship's direction and movement. The name "Gator" is shorthand for the title of Navigator[1].

Biography[]

United States Navy Service[]

While Gator is an expert on the computerized navigation equipment, he has also proven that he can navigate without it if necessary. He got the NJ through a narrow coral reef when the ship was escaping the Russians after the Russians mined the area around the ship to keep it from escaping. The NJ was on radio and radar silence, so Gator had to use pen and paper to plot their course.

Gator is also very aware of the various land masses surrounding the ship at any time. He identified the island where the ship could stop and make crucial repairs to the engine. It took six days and the crew ran out of water, but they made it.

During "Endgame," Gator volunteers as part of the boarding party for the HS Triton. Gator proves himself to be a expert marksman, telling his fellow teammates that he had scored double expert at the academy and no one knew because no one ever asked him. Later, Gator receives some good-natured teasing from the Vulture team while helping Doc Rios to treat their injuries.

Awards and Decorations[]

The following are the medals and service awards seen worn on Mejia's uniform in the show.

Personal decorations

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Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Gold star
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Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, w/1 gold award stars (2nd award)
Campaign and service medals

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National Defense Service Medal

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Southwest Asia Service Medal

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Iraq Campaign Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service and training awards

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Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
International Awards

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U.S. spec Article 5 ribbon bar
Marksmanship awards
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.png Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Other accoutrements
Surface Warfare Officer Insignia.png Surface Warfare insignia

References[]

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