Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Lee J. Metcalf

Commander, Navy Region Midwest

Rear Admiral Lee J. Metcalf


Rear Admiral Lee Metcalf was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program at University of Missouri – Columbia, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Journalism. He earned his Surface Warfare designation while serving aboard USS Okinawa (LPH-3) followed by an assignment at Surface Warfare Officer School, Det Coronado, as a Combat Systems and LMET instructor.

In 1982, Metcalf transitioned to the Reserve component and continued his Navy service with eight command assignments and a wide range of significant non-command tours. His command assignments include the Reserve Operational Support Units attached to USS Stein (FF-1065), USS Leftwich (DD-755), USS Shasta (AE-33), Amphibious Group 3, U.S. Transportation Command, OPNAV N76 and OPNAV Capabilities Assessment.

Significant active duty assignments included: Crisis Action Team chief in the USTC Mobility Command Center; USTC LNO to European Command during Operation Desert Fox; Joint/Combined Task Force commander for exercise Sea Breeze in the Black Sea; deputy commander, Reserve Readiness Command, Region 9; deputy chief of staff for Operations (N3) for commander, Naval Reserve Forces; project chief for Strategic Planning, Planning Directorate (J5), US Transportation Command; and Balkans Force Re-alignment Team supporting NATO’s Allied Forces Southern Command.

Metcalf completed his first tour as a flag officer in the Pentagon supporting the implementation of Maritime Domain Awareness across the Navy. His work at the national level resulted in his assignment as the inaugural director, of the Joint, Inter Agency National Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness (OGMSA), charged with creating a national maritime picture and enhancing information sharing across government, commercial, and international stakeholders dedicated to stronger maritime security and partnerships. Metcalf was assigned to commander, Navy Installations Command in November 2008 as the deputy commander, Navy Region Midwest. In June 2009, Metcalf assumed position as commander, Navy Region Midwest.

Metcalf is a Human Resources professional in his civilian career with a Masters in Organizational Development. His industry experience includes assignments in the U.S. and Australia with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, a decade running his own consulting firm with U.S. and international clients, and serving as director for Organizational Development for Sara Lee Corporation.

Metcalf’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Joint Achievement Medal (2), and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).


Updated: 17 December 2009