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Rear Admiral Donald M. Plummer

Rear Adm. Plummer is a native of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He earned his commission in 1991 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed Joint Professional Education through the Naval War College and National Defense University.

Plummer has served in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. His sea tours include SEAL Team 5, Naval Special Warfare Unit 1, Naval Special Warfare Unit 8, SEAL Team 17 and SEAL Team 18, where he is a plank owner.
Shore assignments include Naval Special Warfare Center where he was the officer in charge of Naval Special Warfare Detachment Key West, Executive Officer, United States Army Special Operations Dive School; Naval Reserve (NR) Naval Special Warfare Unit TWO; and NR SEAL Delivery Vehicle 2.

His Command tours include NR Naval Special Warfare Headquarters Support 2; NR Naval Special Warfare Headquarters Support 4; NR Special Operations Command South; NR SEAL Unit 17; NR United States Special Operations Command; and NR GROUP 11. Joint assignments include Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) - Arabian Peninsula; Special Operations Command and Control Element - Horn of Africa (HOA); Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan/NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan; Combined Joint Task Force – HOA; and JSOTF - Somalia as the deputy commander. Prior to assignment to the Joint Staff, Plummer was Deputy Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) and various other service, unit and campaign awards.

Last Updated: 3 April 2023


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