A native of Triangle, Va., Rear Admiral Ray Spicer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.
His assignments at sea include damage control assistant and combat information center officer in USS Robert E. Peary (FF 1073), weapons officer and combat systems officer in USS Yorktown (CG 48), executive officer, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), commanding officer, USS Mitscher (DDG57), and commander, Destroyer Squadron 7. During these operational tours, he completed nine deployments to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. His most recent sea duty was as commander, Carrier Strike Group 12 Enterprise Strike Group. During that tour, the strike group participated in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, he has served as operations briefer to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), naval aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and flag lieutenant to commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Other shore duty included assignments as officer in charge of the Aegis Combat System Engineering Development Site in Moorestown, N.J.; executive assistant to the deputy and chief of staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; executive assistant to commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; deputy and chief of staff for commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; deputy for Surface Ships (N76E), and deputy director of Surface Warfare (N76B). He most recently served as deputy assistant to the President and director, White House Military Office.
He holds various decorations and awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit.