Rear Adm. Michael P. Nowakowski is a native of Torrington, Conn. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University. Following graduation, he entered Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in October 1974. Rear Admiral Nowakowski assumed command of President, Board of Inspection and Survey in July 2006. At sea, he served in USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) as Communications Officer and Assistant First Lieutenant; USS Biddle (CG 34) as Missile Battery Officer; USS Pharris (FF 1094) as Engineer Officer and in USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) as Executive Officer. Other sea tours include Material Officer on the Staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Ten and Flag Secretary to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight. His command at sea tours include: USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2). He commanded Amphibious Group Two from June to September 2000. Ashore, Rear Adm. Nowakowski has served as Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, State University of New York Maritime College; Department Head Engineering Instructor at Surface Warfare Officer School Command, Newport, R.I.; Financial Management Officer for the Navy's Research and Development account in the Office of the Navy Comptroller, Washington, D.C.; Head, Surface Commander Assignment Branch, Bureau of Naval Personnel; and a joint duty assignment as Appropriation Liaison Officer in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Following a tour as the Director, Shore Activities Readiness (N46) on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he assumed command of Amphibious Group Two in August of 2002 for the second time; in October 2003 assumed command of Mine Warfare Command; in February 2005, assumed command of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University and a master's degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Among his decorations are the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal (4) and various unit and service awards.