Rear Adm. Brendan McLane graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University and graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College with a master’s degree in National Security Affairs. He completed Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI and the Naval Operational Planning Course (now Maritime Advanced Warfighting School).
At sea, he served aboard USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Moosbrugger (DD 980), Destroyer Squadron 14, and USS Simpson (FFG 56). While in command of USS Carney (DDG 64), his ship won the Battle E & Battenberg Cup and deployed with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group to Fifth Fleet. In major command, he served as deputy and then commodore of Destroyer Squadron 50 and commanded Task Force 55 and Coalition Task Force 152 in Fifth Fleet.
Ashore, he served on the staff of the U.S. Naval Academy and on the OPNAV N3N5 Staff. Overseas, he deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army’s 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, ran the Israel Desk in the J5-Europe Division of the U.S. European Command, and directed the Sixth Fleet Maritime Operations Center and served as the NAVEUR/NAVAF/Sixth Fleet Deputy N3. He most recently served as the chief of staff, Surface Forces Pacific.