Rear Admiral Ron MacLaren, was born in Seoul, Korea, but was raised in Mexico, Peru and the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University. He received his commission as a Supply Corps officer through the ROTC in 1979.
He has served in leadership positions both on land and at sea. He has extensive expeditionary logistics experience having held command of the Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group 3, the Navy Supply Support Battalion 2, the Naval Operational Logistics Support unit, the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 12 and the Naval Supply Center Pensacola 109. He has broad joint and combined staff experience having served as chief of staff, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Force; deputy director, United States Pacific Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center; deputy director of Logistics, United States Joint Forces Command 206 and Logistics Response Cell watch chief, United States Atlantic Command 206. He also mobilized as the group commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Forward Golf in 2007-2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
After selection to flag rank, MacLaren was assigned as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance, U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2009. He was recalled to active duty in March 2010 to serve as director, Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office (JCASO). JCASO was established by the Department of Defense to orchestrate, synchronize and integrate program management of contingency acquisition across combatant commands, U.S. Government agencies and Multi-National operations during pre-conflict operations, contingency operations and combat operations.
MacLaren is the director, Joint Reserve Force, (JRF) Defense Logistics Agency. The Joint Reserve Force ensures DLA’s 662 reserve component is trained and ready to fulfill operational requirements and fully integrated into the DLA team.
MacLaren pursued a civilian career as a hospital administrator, rising to the position of chief executive officer. He retired from that position in 2004. In 2006, he became the health director for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard until he was recalled to active duty. Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards).