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Reserve O-8 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:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Kenneth R. Blackmon

Rear Adm. (lower half) Marc S. Lederer

Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert C. Nowakowski

These nominations will ensure the Navy is equipped with capable senior reserve leaders to support the Fleet for combat operations, and design, train, develop and lead Navy Reserve Forces, recognizing that the continued preeminence of U.S. naval power is inextricably linked to the ability to successfully change by advancing our culture.  These officers demonstrated an appropriate level of leadership, professional skills, integrity, management acumen, grounding in business practices, and resourcefulness in difficult and challenging assignments. Their personal and professional attributes include adaptability, intelligent risk-taking, critical thinking, innovation, adherence to Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) ethical standards, physical fitness, and loyalty to the Navy core values. These officers have proven sustained superior performance in command leadership positions in difficult and challenging assignments.

The Board sought innovative and bold leaders who are ready to sustain the Get Real, Get Better movement by role-modeling GRGB leadership behaviors and problem solving.  These officers are their own toughest critic, think creatively, challenge assumptions, and take well-calculated risks to maximize effectiveness.  These officers have shown the ability to successfully lead and mentor a diverse workforce, while executing the Navy's strategic diversity initiatives and effectively retaining the right quality and quantity of performance-proven personnel.

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


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