A native of Birmingham, Ala., Rear Adm. (ret) John M. Stewart Jr., attended Vanderbilt University on an NROTC scholarship, graduating with high honors in May 1975, concurrent with his commissioning as an Ensign. He also received an MBA in May 1982 from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. His active duty tours included Boiler Division Officer and Command Information Center Officer aboard USS Harold E. Holt (FF 1074) from 1976 to 1979. He served as an instructor at NROTC, Vanderbilt University from 1979 to his release from active duty in 1981. Rear Adm. Stewart’s Reserve Command Assignments include: Weapons Station Earle, N.J., Detachment 1509 Readiness Unit Nashville (supporting USS Leahy (CG 16) and USS Nashville (LPD 13)) Amphibious Seabee Battalion One, Detachment 309 Commander, Amphibious Squadron Four, Detachment 409 Advanced Base Functional Component Headquarters, Detachment 109 U.S. Transportation Command Joint Reserve Unit – Navy Element Naval Reserve Center – Nashville, Tenn. Commander Iceland Defense Force Joint Reserve Unit Commander, Military Sealift Command Atlantic and Europe (mobilization) Rear Adm. Stewart’s staff assignments include Deputy for Mission Effectiveness – REDCOM TEN and Readiness Analyst – REDCOM NINE. In 2000, he completed a seven-month ADSW as Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Reserve (OPNAV 095). Rear Adm. Stewart, in his initial Flag assignment, served in full-time status as Vice Commander, Military Sealift Command from September 2001 through August 2003, as the command’s fleet grew to a total of 214 ships and moved more than 20 million square feet of military equipment and cargo in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was as Deputy Commander, Navy Personnel Command, with additional duties as Director, Individual Augmentation and Reserve Mobilization on the OPNAV N3/N5 staff. Concurrently, he served as Readiness Commander for REDCOM Southeast. Rear Adm. Stewart’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and other unit and campaign awards.