After commissioning, he reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas in Guam as the Assistant Protocol Officer and Guam Liaison Officer. In 2000, after completing Surface Warfare Division Officer School in Newport, RI, CDR Files reported to the USS Germantown (LSD 42) in Sasebo, Japan as the Machinery Division Officer. During this tour, he was designated a Surface Warfare Officer and completed several deployments in support of regional humanitarian assistance and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Files’ next assignment was as the Surface Operations Officer for Mine Countermeasure Squadron THREE in Ingleside, TX. He deployed with Mine Warfare Readiness Group FOUR in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During this tour, he redesignated as a Human Resources Professional and then transferred to Navy Recruiting District New York in Long Island, NY as the Enlisted Programs Officer.
In 2006, he transferred to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, CA as Head, Military Resources Management. While there, he transitioned to the Full Time Support community. After this tour, he transferred to Chief of Naval Personnel in Arlington, VA and served as the deputy executive assistant to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education). Prior to assuming the duties as the Office of Naval Research Operational Support Officer/MILPERS he served as the commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Battle Creek in Battle Creek, MI. CDR Files has completed two individual augmentation assignments; United Nations Military Observer for United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea and Military Staff Officer for United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (two awards), United Nations Medal (two awards) and other unit, personal awards and citations.