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Reserve O-7 Flag Officer Announcement

15 March 2023

The Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations announced today the following nominations for appointment to the rank of rear admiral lower half:

Captain John E. Byington

Captain Jeffrey A. Jurgemeyer

Captain Richard S. Lofgren

Captain David. E. Ludwa

Captain Michael S. Mattis

Captain Richard W. Meyer

Captain Peter K. Muschinske

Captain John A. Robinson III

Captain Bryon T. Smith

Captain Michael R. Vanpoots

Captain Marc F. Williams

The Board selected these leaders to ensure the Navy has the right senior reserve officers to support Fleet operations and design, train, develop and lead Navy Reserve Forces, recognizing that the continued preeminence of the Navy is inextricably linked to our ability to successfully change by advancing our culture.  To do so, Navy’s Flag Wardroom must model Get Real and Get Better, demonstrating a mindset of continuous improvement in how they build teams and deliver outcomes.  These leaders must be able to self-assess, self-correct, always learn, rapidly collaborate, and create opportunities to remove barriers to individual, team, and Navy warfighting excellence.

The Board looked for officers with professional skills, integrity, management acumen and resourcefulness in difficult and challenging leadership assignments, as well as personal and professional attributes including:  initiative, taking ownership, embracing new ideas with an open mind, relentlessly focusing on output metrics and forecasted performance, finding and embracing the red to drive improvement, rewarding transparency and well-calculated risk taking, generating a culture of continuous learning, and demonstrating a sustained ability to unleash the power of our people in leading men and women coming from widely varying backgrounds.  

The convening order and precept for this board may be found on the MyNavy HR website at the following link:


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