Rear Adm. Blake Converse is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Applied Physics from the Navy Post Graduate School.
His career as a nuclear submarine warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661), USS Olympia (SSN 717) and USS Minneapolis-St.-Paul (SSN 708) as the executive officer. Command assignments include commanding officer of USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) from February 2006 to February 2009 and commander of Submarine Squadron 6 from October 2012 to August 2014.
Ashore, he served as the radiological controls officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force; as a special assistant to the commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command; as a deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 17; as the prospective commanding officer course instructor at Naval Reactors headquarters; and as chief of staff to the commander of the U.S. Submarine Force.
As a flag officer, he served as the director, Joint and Fleet Operations (N3) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Converse is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group 9 in Silverdale, Washington.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit awards. In 2008, he was awarded the Rear Adm. Jack N. Darby award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence of Command.