Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Ronald A. Boxall

Deputy Director, Joint Strategic Planning
The Joint Staff

Rear Admiral Ronald A. Boxall


Rear Admiral Boxall is a native of Holland Patent, N. Y.  He attended The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Science and was commissioned in 1984.  He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems in 1991 and later attended the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 1997.

At sea, Boxall has commanded two Aegis ships - the cruiser, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and a destroyer, USS Carney (DDG 64), homeported in Mayport, Fla.  During his seagoing career he has made numerous deployments around the world from the Western Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Caribbean Seas as well as combat operations in the Arabian Gulf, and counter-narcotics operations off South America.  He has also served as executive officer in USS Hue City (CG 66) Mayport;  Combat Systems Officer in USS Simpson (FFG 56) Newport and USS Ramage (DDG 61) Pascagoula (Miss/Norfolk Va); and as a division officer in USS Merrill (DD 976) and USS Kinkaid (DD 965) in San Diego CA. He has been a former Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year, and also fortunate to have been associated with outstanding crews who have earned four Battle “E” Awards.

Boxall has been assigned to several staff positions ashore. In 1999, he was assigned to the Naval Personnel Command as a placement officer and later deputy, Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS-41B.)  In 2004, Boxall was assigned to The Joint Staff (J-8), where he served as the Deputy and Chief of the Joint Staff Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Office, where he was selected as Action Officer of the Year. In 2007, he was the executive assistant to the Director of Navy Warfare Integration (N8F). From June 2010 until May 2012 he was the executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8). Most recently, Boxall served as the deputy director for Surface Warfare (N96B) on the OPNAV staff from May 2012 to July 2013.

Boxall's awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as various campaign and unit awards.


Updated: 20 August 2013