Release
Immediate Release

Flag Officer Assignments

May 22, 2020

The secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations announced the following assignments:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Bradley J. Andros will be assigned as deputy director of plans and policy for countering weapons of mass destruction, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Andros previously served as Navy Expeditionary Combat Branch head, N957, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Mark D. Behning is currently serving as deputy director, strategic targeting and nuclear mission planning, J5, U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Nebraska.  Behning previously served as chief of staff/deputy director for Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Kevin P. Byrne is currently serving as commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center; and commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Washington, D.C.  Byrne previously served as major program manager, surface ships, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Joseph F. Cahill III is currently serving as deputy director for resources and acquisition, J8, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  Cahill previously served as executive assistant, N9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Lawrence F. Legree will be assigned as assistant chief of staff, J-3, Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy.  Legree previously served as senior advisor for nuclear security affairs, Office of the Secretary, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.  

Rear Adm. (lower half) Mark A. Melson is currently serving as deputy director, joint force development and design integration, J7, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  Melson previously served as executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy, N3N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Marc J. Miguez is currently serving as deputy director for operations, National Joint Operations Intelligence Center, Operations Team Two, J3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  Miguez previously served as executive assistant, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Kurt J. Rothenhaus is currently serving as program executive officer for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California.  Rothenhaus previously served as major program manager for tactical networks, San Diego, California. 

Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael S. Sciretta will be assigned as deputy commander, Joint Interagency Task Force-South, U.S. Southern Command, Key West, Florida.  Sciretta previously served as director, Navy Senate Liaison, Office of Legislative Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Richard E. Seif Jr. will be assigned as commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center, Groton, Connecticut. Seif is currently serving as deputy commander for Task Force One Four/Three Four and Task Group 114.3, U.S. Strategic Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Darryl L. Walker is currently serving as deputy director, operations, J3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.  Walker previously served as executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, Washington, D.C. 

Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert D. Westendorff will be assigned as chief of naval air training, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Westendorff previously served as chief of staff, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California.  

Capt. Susan BryerJoyner, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as Navy Cyber Security Division director, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  BryerJoyner is currently serving as Cyber Security Division chief, N2N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Capt. Matthew J. Burns, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as assistant commander, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida.  Burns is currently serving as commander, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  

Capt. Brian L. Davies, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), is currently serving as special assistant to commander, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.  Davies previously served as director, submarine/nuclear power distribution (PERS 42), Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.

Capt. Dion D. English, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, logistics, fleet supply and ordnance, N4, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. English is currently serving as deputy director, supply and distribution, J44, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  

Capt. Rick Freedman, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, medical systems integration and combat survivability, N44, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  Freedman is currently serving as executive assistant to the Surgeon General of the Navy, Falls Church, Virginia.

Capt. Thomas M. Henderschedt, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), is currently serving as naval attaché, Beijing, China.

Capt. Cynthia A. Kuehner, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as commander, Navy Medical Forces Support Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  Kuehner is currently serving as head, Commander’s Action Group, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Falls Church, Virginia.

Capt. Jason M. Lloyd, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), is currently serving as deputy commander for ship design, integration and engineering, SEA-05, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.  Lloyd previously served as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia.

Capt. Howard B. Markle, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), is currently serving as deputy commander, logistics, maintenance and industrial operations (NAVSEA 04), Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.  Markle previously served as executive assistant, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.  

Capt. Elizabeth S. Okano, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as program executive officer for integrated warfare systems, Washington, D.C.  Okano is currently serving as executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the navy (research, development and acquisition), Washington, D.C.

Capt. Matthew N. Ott III, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as special assistant for audit readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), Washington, D.C.  Ott is currently serving as chief of staff, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Capt. Carlos A. Sardiello, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, joint/fleet operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  Sardiello is currently serving as commanding officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), San Diego, California, and previously served as special assistant to commander, naval air forces/commander, naval air force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California.

Capt. Derek A. Trinque, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), is currently serving as assistant commander for career management, PERS-4, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.  Trinque previously served as director, Surface Warfare Officer Distribution Division (PERS 41), Millington, Tennessee.  

Capt. John A. Watkins, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy commander, Tenth Fleet, Fort Meade, Maryland.  Watkins is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet, Fort Meade, Maryland.

Capt. Thomas R. Williams II, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, global integration and engagement, N5I, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  Williams previously served as executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, Washington, D.C.