Flag Officer Announcements 2021

United States Navy 2021 Flag Officer announcements. Flag Officers have a pay grade of O-7 and above and have reached the ranks of Rear Admiral Lower Half, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, and Admiral.


ReleaseFlag Officer Announcements 2021
August 2, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Navy Rear Adm. Carl P. Chebi for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.  Chebi is currently serving as deputy director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Arlington, Virginia.


Release
July 20, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Navy Capt. David G. Wilson for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Wilson is currently serving as assistant judge advocate general (Operations and Management), Washington, D.C.


Release
July 15, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Navy Vice Adm. Daryl L. Caudle for appointment to the rank of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  Caudle is currently serving as commander, Naval Submarine Forces; commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

Navy Vice Adm. James W. Kilby for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  Kilby is currently serving as deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities, N-9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. Frank D. Whitworth III for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as director of intelligence, J-2, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  Whitworth is the incumbent director of intelligence, J-2, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.


Release
June 23, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Rear Adm. Daniel W. Dwyer, U.S. Navy, for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as commander, Second Fleet/commander, Joint Forces Command Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia. Dwyer is currently serving as director, Plans and Policy, J5, United States Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.


Release
June 18, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Vice Adm. William R. Merz, U.S. Navy, has been nominated for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  Merz is currently serving as commander, SEVENTH Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan. 

Rear Adm. Francis D. Morley, U.S. Navy, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as principal military deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition), Washington, D.C.  Morley is currently serving as director, Navy International Programs Office, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. Darse E. Crandall, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Navy, for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Washington, D.C.  Crandall is currently serving as deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy/commander, Naval Legal Service Command, Washington, D.C.
 
Capt. Max G. McCoy, Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  McCoy is currently serving as commander, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, Fallon, Nevada.


Release
April 21, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Capt. Dennis E. Collins has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Collins is currently serving as officer in charge, Navy Reserve, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Detachment 401, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

Capt. Bradley D. Dunham has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Dunham is currently serving as chief of staff, Navy Reserve, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

Capt. Mark F. Haigis has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Haigis is currently serving as commanding officer, Navy Reserve, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center, Newport, Rhode Island.  

Capt. Scott W. Ruston has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Ruston is currently serving as deputy commander, Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command, San Diego, California. 

Capt. Douglas W. Sasse III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Sasse is currently serving as commanding officer, Navy Reserve, Fourth Fleet, Mayport, Florida.

Capt. Michael J. Schwerin has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Schwerin is currently serving as commanding officer, Navy Reserve, Officer Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island.

Capt. David R. Storr has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Storr is currently serving as manager, Navy Reserve, Rapid Research and Development Detachment, Patuxent River, Maryland.


Release
April 21, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Navy Rear Adm. William J. Houston for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, Naval Submarine Forces; commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  Houston is currently serving as director, Undersea Warfare Division, N97, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.


Release
April 14, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Navy Rear Adm. Kelly A. Aeschbach for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, Naval Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia. Aeschbach is currently serving as director, National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office; and commander, Office of Naval Intelligence, Washington, D.C.

Navy Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities, N-9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. Conn is currently serving as commander, Third Fleet, San Diego, California.

Navy Rear Adm. Charles B. Cooper II for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; commander, Fifth Fleet; and commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Manama, Bahrain. Cooper most recently served as commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.

Navy Rear Adm. John V. Fuller for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as inspector general, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C. Fuller is currently serving as deputy director for force protection, J-8, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. Stephen T. Koehler for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, Third Fleet, San Diego, California. Koehler is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Navy Rear Adm. Karl O. Thomas for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan. Thomas is currently serving as assistant deputy chief of naval operations, plans and strategy, N3/N5B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert T. Clark has been nominated for appointment to the grade of rear admiral. Clark is currently serving as deputy commander, Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Nancy S. Lacore has been nominated for appointment to the grade of rear admiral. Lacore is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Sixth Fleet, Naples, Italy.

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Eileen H. Laubacher has been nominated for appointment to the grade of rear admiral. Laubacher is currently serving as senior defense official/defense attaché – India, New Delhi, India. 

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Theodore P. LeClair has been nominated for appointment to the grade of rear admiral. LeClair is currently serving as mobilization assistant to the director for operations, J3, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.


Release
March 6, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino for appointment to the grade of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Aquilino is currently serving as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

Navy Vice Adm. Samuel J. Paparo Jr. for appointment to the grade of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Paparo is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; commander, Fifth Fleet; and commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Manama, Bahrain.


Release
February 25, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Rear Adm. (lower half) William E. Chase III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Chase is currently serving as senior military advisor for cyber policy to the under secretary of defense for policy; and the deputy principal cyber advisor to the secretary of defense, Washington, D.C.  

Rear Adm. (lower half) Christopher C. French has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  French is currently serving as legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) William C. Greene has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Greene is currently serving as fleet maintenance officer, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Joseph D. Noble Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Noble is currently serving as commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapons Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Rear Adm. (lower half) John A. Okon has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Okon is currently serving as commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Scott W. Pappano has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Pappano is currently serving as program executive office, Columbia, Washington, D.C. 

Rear Adm. (lower half) Dean A. VanderLey has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  VanderLey is currently serving as commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Atlantic with additional duties as fleet civil engineer (N01CE), U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia.  

Capt. Kristin Acquavella has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Acquavella is currently serving as director, plans and policies, N415, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. 

Capt. Maria L. Aguayo has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Aguayo is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Washington, D.C. 

Capt. Joseph B. Hornbuckle has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Hornbuckle is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland.  

Capt. Ronald J. Piret has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Piret is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, John C. Stennis Space Center, Hancock County, Mississippi.  

Capt. Anthony E. Rossi has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Rossi is currently serving as major program manager, Mission Integration and Special Programs Office, PMA 298, Patuxent River, Maryland.

Capt. Stuart C. Satterwhite has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Satterwhite is currently serving as deputy director, enterprise support, Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C.

Capt. Ralph R. Smith III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Smith is currently serving as director, Maritime Operations Center, U.S. Tenth Fleet/U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland. 


Release
February 24, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Rear Adm. (lower half) James A. Aiken for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Aiken is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, Bremerton, Washington.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael E. Boyle for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Boyle is currently serving as director, maritime operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  

Rear Adm. (lower half) Keith B. Davids for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Davids is currently serving as commander, Special Operations Command South, U.S. Southern Command, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Leonard C. Dollaga for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Dollaga is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Seven; commander, Task Force Seven Four; and commander, Task Force Five Four, Yokosuka, Japan.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Christopher S. Gray for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Gray is currently serving as commander, Region Europe, Africa, Central; and commander, Maritime Air Forces, Naples, Italy.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) John E. Gumbleton for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Gumbleton is currently serving as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget; and director, Fiscal Management Division, N82, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Sara A. Joyner for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Joyner is currently serving as chief of legislative affairs, Washington, D.C.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) James A. Kirk for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Kirk is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Eleven, Everett, Washington.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Andrew J. Loiselle for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Loiselle is currently serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group Four, Norfolk, Virginia.
 
Rear Adm. (lower half) Brendan R. McLane
for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  McLane is currently serving as special assistant to commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Peter G. Vasely for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Vasely is currently serving as director for operations, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. 

Rear Adm. (lower half) James P. Waters III for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Waters is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Two, Norfolk, Virginia.

Rear Adm. (lower half) George M. Wikoff for appointment to the rank of rear admiral.  Wikoff is currently serving as special assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  

Capt. Christopher D. Alexander for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Alexander is currently serving as commanding officer, Surface Warfare Officer School Command, Newport, Rhode Island. 

Capt. Sean R. Bailey for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Bailey is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Air Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Capt. Thomas R. Buchanan for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Buchanan is currently serving as commandant of midshipman, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.  

Capt. Christopher J. Cavanaugh for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Cavanaugh is currently serving as director, submarine/nuclear officer distribution (PERS 42), Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.
 
Capt. Brad J. Collins for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Collins is currently serving as chief of staff, Installation Command, Washington, D.C.
 
Capt. Jennifer S. Couture for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Couture is currently serving as assistant chief of staff, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.  

Capt. William R. Daly for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Daly is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California.  

Capt. Erik J. Eslich for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Eslich is currently serving as executive assistant, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  
 
Capt. Ronald A. Foy for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Foy is currently serving as deputy commander, Naval Special Warfare Group, Dam Neck, Virginia.  

Capt. Patrick J. Hannifin for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Hannifin is currently serving as director, aircraft carrier requirements, N98, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Capt. Christopher A. Kijek for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Kijek is currently serving as executive assistant, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. 

Capt. Oliver T. Lewis for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Lewis is currently serving as executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  

Capt. Stephen G. Mack for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Mack is currently serving as chief of staff, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and chief of staff, U.S. Strategic Command Special Activities Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.

Capt. Benjamin R. Nicholson for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Nicholson is currently serving as executive assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  

Capt. Randall W. Peck for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Peck most recently served as commanding officer, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Norfolk, Virginia.  

Capt. Benjamin G. Reynolds for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Reynolds is currently serving as director, Operations Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the for Financial Management and Comptroller; and director, Operations Division, Fiscal Management Division, N821, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  

Capt. Mark A. Schafer for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Schafer is currently serving as deputy, staff operations and plans, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  


Release
November 2, 2021

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Navy Adm. Christopher W. Grady for reappointment to the rank of admiral, and assignment as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.  Grady is currently serving as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.