Rear Adm. Eugene Black is a native of Tinton Falls, New Jersey. A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
At sea, he served as commanding officer of USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) from January 2010 until November 2011. While in command, Leyte Gulf deployed t the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea.
Black commanded USS Mason (DDG 87) from May 2004 until January 2006, also deployed to the Arabian Gulf..
Black’s other sea duty assignments include executive officer on USS Ramage (DDG 61), weapons officer and combat systems officer on USS Normandy (CG 60), fire control officer on USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), combat information center officer and damage control assistant on USS Gallery (FFG 26) and the staff of the Commander, South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet..
Black’s shore duty assignments include director, Surface Warfare Officer Distribution at the Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee; future ships branch head in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N86) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; and branch head of Afghanistan/Pakistan Politico-Military Policy on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5),Washington, District of Columbia. Other assignments include commander detailer at Navy Personnel Command and department head instructor Surface Warfare Officer School Newport, Rhode Island.
For his first flag officer assignment he served as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Manama, Bahrain from June 2015 until July 2017.
He assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Eight in September 2017.