A native of Chicago, Rear Admiral Jim McManamon, graduated in 1980 from Northwestern University. He was a member of the NROTC unit and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy in June 1980.
McManamon’s sea tours include USS Dahlgren (DDG 43); operations officer, USS Hawes (FFG 53); operations officer, USS Mahan (DDG 42); executive officer, USS Vincennes (CG 49) and commanding officer, USS Milius (DDG 69). Milius was awarded the Battle E, Surface Ship Safety Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation during his tour.
His shore tours include the NROTC unit, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.; the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, (OP-75), and (N865); Afloat Training Group, Pacific; program executive office Theater Surface Combatants (PEO TSC) as chief staff officer/executive assistant. He was then assigned as PMS 400F, deputy for Fleet and upon the PEO/NAVSEA re-organization, the program manager for surface combatants in PEO Ships. Then he was assigned as naval aide and executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA). His first job as a flag officer was deputy commander for Warfare Systems Engineering, SEA-06, Naval Sea Systems Command. He is now serving as the deputy commander, Surface Warfare (SEA 21) at Naval Sea Systems Command. McManamon serves as the lead of the Future Readiness Team for the Surface Warfare Enterprise. He also serves on the SWE Board; as a member of the SWE Executive Committee and as the executive secretary for Distance Support Governance Board. McManamon is also assigned as the director, Ordnance Safety, SEA 00V.
McManamon’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (with gold star), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal (with two gold stars) and various service awards