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Lieutenant "Doc" Rios was the independent duty corpsman assigned to the USS Nathan James (DDG-151). In Season 3, he was promoted to Ensign in the US Navy Medical Corps and made Chief Medical Officer of the Nathan James. He was captured by pirates as a P.O.W. and was rescued.

Sometime prior to the events of Season 5, Ensign Rios rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Rios was killed in the Fleet Week attack after he attempted to give medical aid to the wounded Captain Garnett.

In the series finale, LT Rios is one of the characters with whom Tom had served (most of them deceased,) who appears in his hallucination as he is drowning, after Nathan James sinks ramming Gustavo's Battleship in order to end the war with Gran Colombia. Tom views, and then is part of, an award ceremony for him, which also serves as a change of command ceremony for Nathan James. When President Michener asks Tom if he is ready to be relieved (as commanding officer,) Tom hesitates and wonders aloud who he is passing responsibility onto. Rios is one of the sailors in the audience for the ceremony (who are also Tom's close friends and allies,) stand and declare that they have the watch, allowing Tom to finally achieve peace and be able to mentally and emotionally let go of both Nathan James, and of the burdens he has carried around since the plague began, secure in the knowledge that others will always be there.

Ultimately, Tom decides to keep fighting, swim to the surface, and live.

He is portrayed by Maximiliano Hernandez.

Awards and DecorationsEdit

The following are the medals and service awards seen worn on Rios's uniform in the show. Rios received the Bronze Star for his actions during the Red Flu crisis.

Personal decorations

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Bronze Star Medal

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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)
Unit awards

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Meritorious Unit Commendation

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Navy E Ribbon
Service awards
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
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Navy Good Conduct Medal w/3 service stars (4th award)
Campaign and service medals

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National Defense Service Medal

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Afghanistan Campaign Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

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Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Service and training awards
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, w/2 bronze service stars (3rd award)
International Awards

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