Rear Adm. James R. McNeal graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in 1986 and holds a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Chadron State College. He graduated from the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education program at the Joint Forces Staff College and is Joint Qualified System (JQS) level II qualified.
His sea duty assignments include USS Constellation (CV 64) as the disbursing and wardroom officer and the assistant supply officer aboard USS Merrill (DD 976).
His shore assignments include serving as the supply officer of SEAL Team 1. After transitioning to the reserve component, McNeal served as commodore, 5th Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment; commanding officer, Navy Reserve (NR) Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Logistics Operations Center; commanding officer, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 5; officer-in-charge, Fuels Company F; executive officer, Logistics Task Force-Pacific; and assistant officer-in-charge, Defense Contingency Support Team (DCST) Logistics Assistance Team, San Diego.
McNeal's staff assignments include assistant chief of staff for operations, Defense Logistics Agency (J-9); operations officer, Fleet Industrial Supply Center San Diego Det. 519; training officer, Naval Special Warfare Command; division officer, Naval Regional Contracting Command 519; and supply officer, Submarine Base San Diego.
McNeal was mobilized in 2013 as the commander of Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) Forward and also in 2009 as the commanding officer of Defense Contingency Support Team-Kuwait and, later, as the deputy director of the Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
McNeal’s most recent assignment was commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support, headquarters to a network of eight fleet logistics centers around the world that provide an extensive array of integrated global logistics and contracting services to Navy and Joint operational units across all warfare enterprises.
His personal decorations include Legion of Merit (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and other unit and campaign commendations. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Supply Corps officer and Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps officer.