Rear Adm. (ret) Ray English graduated with honors in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon completion of the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., he served on the headquarters staff of Admiral Rickover’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
English began his Navy Reserve career upon leaving active duty in 1985. Following an initial assignment with the Defense Contract Administration Region – Cleveland Unit, he subsequently commanded four units: Naval Weapons Station Earle Detachment 505, Moundsville, W.Va.; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 9 Detachment C and Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 9, Columbus, Ohio; Naval Reserve Fleet Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Headquarters 107, Norfolk, Va.; and Navy Supply Support Battalion 1, Phoenix, Ariz. Previous staff assignments included Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio, assistant chief of staff for Readiness and assistant chief of staff for Mission Effectiveness, Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force, Williamsburg, Va.; and assistant director, Plans and Policy, N41R, OPNAV Staff, Washington, D.C. Prior to his final assignment as the director, Joint Reserve Forces, J-9, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., English served as the assistant director of Operations, (J3M), United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base.
He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm from April to July 1991, and stationed in Rota, Spain as the operations officer with Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 9. In 2004, he was again recalled to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom as group commander, Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force Forward Alpha operating in Kuwait and Iraq.
Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.
English earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Environmental Management with honors from Duquesne University in 2002.