Vice Adm. LeFever is currently serving as the deputy director for Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center. LeFever is a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
His career as a surface warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Truett (FF 1095), USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968), USS Taurus (PHM 3) and USS Nicholson (DD 982), Destroyer Squadron 36, culminating in commanding officer of USS John Rodgers (DD 983), Commander, Destroyer Squadron 21.
Ashore, LeFever served in Navy Personnel Command (PERS 41), Joint Staff; U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and, senior fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies group.
LeFever graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School and holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology, Command, Control and Communications, and has attended Armed Forces Staff College and various other joint warfighting training.
His first flag officer assignment was as deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division. In October 2004, he reported as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group One, Tarawa/13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Strike Group, and was additionally assigned as commander, Disaster Assistance Center, Pakistan, to coordinate the U.S. military response to Pakistan's 2005 earthquake. In August 2006, he served as director, Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Policy Division (N13). In July 2008, he was assigned commander, Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan.
His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Award, Award of "Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam" (Order of Great Leader) and Award of "Sitara-i-Eisaar" (Star of Sacrifice) from the President of Pakistan, and various service campaign and unit decorations.