Rear Adm. (ret) Masters, a native of Canton, Ill., joined the Navy in March 1964 and served as a cryptologic technician during the conflict in Vietnam. As an enlisted Sailor, he served in supervisory and direct support assignments in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and at sea. Following his graduation from Western Illinois University , Rear Adm. Masters received a direct commission in Naval Intelligence in 1973 and in 1974 he became a cryptologic officer. Rear Adm. Masters has commanded Naval Security Group Reserve units in Baltimore, Md.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Fla.; and Orlando, Fla. He has also served as Regional Cryptologic Area Commander South, Assistant Chief of Staff/N5, and the Chief of Staff, Naval Security Group Reserve Command. He completed a three-year active-duty assignment as Special Assistant for Reserve Plans and Policy at Naval Security Group, which is headquartered at Fort Meade, Md. before taking charge of Naval Security Group Reserve Command. He was recalled to active duty for his final assignment as the Vice Commander, Naval Security Group Command and served as Commander, Naval Security Group until the October 2005 merger with Naval Network Warfare Command where he served as Reserve Vice Commander. He was triple-hatted as the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief, Central Security Service at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the "Hammer Award" for excellence in government, personally presented by the Vice President of the United States, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Rear Adm. Masters holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Western Illinois University which recently granted him the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. Among his military awards are the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) Vietnam Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.