Rear Adm. Marc Dalton is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earning his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He earned his Master of Public Administration at Harvard’s JFK School of Government in 2000.
Dalton’s assignments at sea include division officer aboard USS Long Beach (CGN 9), flag lieutenant for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1, weapons officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Cowpens (CG 63), station officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and executive officer aboard USS Antietam (CG 54). As commanding officer aboard USS Boone (FFG 28), he deployed to the Atlantic and Mediterranean with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1. Following an assignment as reactor officer aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), he served as deputy and commanded Destroyer Squadron 21, deploying with the John C Stennis Carrier Strike Group as the sea combat commander. Most recently, he commanded Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet (CTF 76/ESG 7), followed by commanding Battle Force U.S. 7th Fleet (CTF 70/CSG 5). During his sea tours, he completed 13 deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean, Southern Pacific and Caribbean.
Ashore, Dalton served on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, N513 Strategy and Concepts branch; on the Joint Staff in the J-5 Policy Division; as deputy executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; as executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; as deputy director of Policy, Strategy, Plans, Partnership and Capabilities (J-5/8) at U.S. European Command; and most recently as director, Maritime Operations for U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Dalton assumed his duties as director, Assessment Division (N81) on the OPNAV staff in May 2020.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit, campaign and service awards.