Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Craig S. Faller


Rear Admiral Craig S. Faller

Rear Adm. Faller assumed duty as director of Operations, U.S. Central Command in June 2012. He most recently served as commander, Carrier Strike Group Three.

A 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of Fryburg, Penn., Faller earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He earned his master’s in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1990.

At sea, he served as reactor electrical division officer, electrical officer and reactor training assistant in USS South Carolina (CGN 37); operations officer in USS Peterson (DD 969); station officer in USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and executive officer of USS John Hancock (DD 981). As commanding officer of USS Stethem (DDG 63), he deployed to the Arabian Gulf and participated in maritime interception operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. During his tour as commanding officer of USS Shiloh (CG 67), he assisted victims of the devastating tsunami off Indonesia. Other operational assignments included executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command and Commander, U.S. Central Command.

Ashore, Faller was assigned to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations); served as a legislative fellow on the staff of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy; as head of Surface Nuclear Officer Programs and Placement at Navy Personnel Command, as executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations; and as commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

Faller has earned various personal, unit, service and campaign awards.

Updated: 2 July 2012