For his final assignment, Rear Adm. (ret) Sean Crean served as the deputy commander, Naval Supply Systems Command. Previous flag assignments included deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Logistics Management) and deputy commander, Naval Inventory Control Point.
A native of Westbury, N.Y. and longtime resident of Maine, Rear Adm. (ret) Crean began his naval career as a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Midshipman at the State University of New York Maritime College. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Business Management, he earned a Master of Business Administration from New Hampshire College’s Graduate School of Business in 1983.
Commanding officer tours included Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4); Naval Inventory Control Point Mechanicsburg Team One; Defense Contingency Support Team – Contingency Contracting Administrative Services Dallas; U.S. Naval Activities United Kingdom Detachment 402 and Defense Distribution Depot Norfolk Detachment A301.
Crean’s unit tours included director, Reserve Manpower and Mobilization for Naval Supply Systems Command; chief of staff, Joint Reserve Force Defense Supply Center Philadelphia 101; officer in charge, Military Sealift Command Persian Gulf Operations Naples, Italy; executive officer, commander, Military Sealift Command Mediterranean 201; supply officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27; aviation supply officer, Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine and assistant supply officer aboard USS John Hancock (DD 981). Crean returned to active duty three times in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and was the senior logistics observer for four Carrier Battle Groups including USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS George Washington (CVN73).
Crean’s personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Military Volunteer Service Medal. A member of the Acquisition Professional Community, his warfare qualifications include Naval aviation supply officer and Seabee combat warfare specialist.