MVRHS graduate is a U.S. Navy commander

Alexander Baynes was promoted to the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy. — Courtesy Judith Baynes

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School graduate Alexander B. Baynes was recently promoted to U.S. Navy commander in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to a press release. 

Baynes, an engineering duty officer qualified in submarines, is currently assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Naval Air Force in Yokosuka, Japan, which is responsible for coordinating “emergent and planned nuclear and nonnuclear maintenance and modernization” of forward-deployed aircraft carriers, the release states.

He has been part of numerous assignments, including a military training mission in Saudi Arabia, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the Supervisor of ShipBuilding-Groton. 

Baynes is a 2000 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and a 2004 graduate of Cornell University. 

He holds multiple graduate degrees, including a master of science degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University, and a doctorate degree in applied physics from Naval Postgraduate School. He is the son of Leslie and Judy Baynes of Edgartown.


  1. Well done shipmate. What a fantastic background and experience. Congratulations on your academic achievements.
    ITCS Sam Cheyne USN-R

  2. Congratulations Alex! No one ever doubted your ability to succeed! Thanks you for your service.

  3. Congratulations, Alex. We are all proud of you.Thank you for your dedication to the Navy and your country.

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