Vice Adm. Ferguson most recently served as Navy’s 55th chief of naval personnel from April 16, 2008 to Aug. 5, 2011. He served concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education)(N1), and was responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy.
He managed an annual operating budget of $29 billion and led over 20,000 military and civilian employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His previous flag officer assignments include chief of legislative affairs and assistant commander for distribution (PERS-4) at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.
A surface warfare officer, he completed nuclear propulsion training after graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1978.
Afloat, he has served with both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. His operational assignments include duty onboard USS South Carolina (CGN 37) and USS Fife (DD 991). He also served as reactor officer on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). His command tours include USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Destroyer Squadron 18.
Ashore, he has served as a special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He also completed two additional assignments in the Office of Legislative Affairs, serving as the liaison to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee for all surface warfare, sealift and shipbuilding programs, and as the director of the Senate Liaison Office. He also completed a tour at the Bureau of Naval Personnel as an officer detailer.
Ferguson holds a master's degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed a National Security Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.