Navy Biography

Vice Admiral William Douglas Crowder

Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)

Vice Admiral William Douglas Crowder

On August 4, 2008 Vice Admiral Doug Crowder became the deputy CNO (Operations, Plans, and Strategy). He hails from Greensboro, N.C., and attended the U.S. Naval Academy; graduating in June 1974.

At sea, he has served in numerous ships in both Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. He commanded USS Kidd (DDG 993) from 1992-1994, operating in both the Pacific and Atlantic, winning the Battle Efficiency “E” Award. In 1998-1999 he commanded Destroyer Squadron 24, deploying to the Mediterranean as part of the John F. Kennedy Battle Group.

As a flag officer, he commanded Carrier Strike Group 9/Abraham Lincoln Strike Group from July 2004 to August 2005, deploying to the Western Pacific. He also served as commander, Combined Support Group Indonesia, as part of Operation Unified Assistance (Tsunami Relief effort). Crowder commanded the U.S. 7th Fleet from September 2006 to July 2008.

Ashore, Crowder has served a number of tours in the Pentagon including as executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as executive assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet.

His flag assignments ashore include: director, Operations, Plans and Political Military Affairs Division (N31/N52) from September 2001 to October 2002; director, Deep Blue, the Navy Operations Group, from August 2002 to May 2004; and as the assistant deputy CNO for Plans, Policy and Operations from August 2005 to August 2006, all on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

In 1980, he was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and studied European Economic and Political Affairs at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1980-82. In November 1982, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Medal for Leadership by the President of the French Senate in Paris. In July 2008, he was awarded the Order of the National Security Merit Guksen medal by the President of the Republic of Korea, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star Medal by the Emperor of Japan.

Updated: 2 December 2008