Rear Admiral Douglas J. McAneny is a 1978 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Naval Reserve Officers Training Unit, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in civil engineering. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. McAneny entered the Navy in May 1978 and qualified in submarines, earning his gold dolphins in May 1981.
McAneny reported as the Commandant, National War College in January 2011.
Rear Admiral McAneny has commanded on four occasions in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. These include Commander, Submarine Force U. S. Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 2008-2010; Commander, Submarine Group Seven, Yokosuka, Japan, 2006-2008; and Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven, San Diego, 2002-2004. His first command assignment was as commanding officer USS Philadelphia (SSN 690), Groton, Conn., 1995-1998. During this command tour, Philadelphia was awarded three consecutive Battle "E" Awards. Earlier fleet assignments include USS Trepang (SSN 674), 1979-1983, USS Tunny (SSN 682), 1986-1989, and as executive officer, USS Drum (SSN 667), 1989-1991.
McAneny's tours ashore include assignments as flag lieutenant, Commander, Submarine Group Two; Officer in Charge of the Moored Training Ship (MTS 635); a Joint tour at the U. S. Strategic Command serving as plans and policy directorate (J5); assistant to the Director for Training, Personnel and Policy matters for the Director Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NAVSEA 08); as executive assistant and senior Naval aide to the Commander, U. S. Pacific Fleet headquartered in Pearl Harbor and deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs (Europe/NATO/Russia/Africa) (J5) on the Joint Staff in Washington.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (Three Awards), Legion of Merit (Six Awards), Meritorious Service Medal (Three Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Two Awards).