Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering, Sr., was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship Program at State University of New York Maritime College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography. He has also earned a Master of Science in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Science in Business Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Hering’s initial sea assignment was aboard USS Santa Barbara (AE 28), where he served as 1st and 2nd division officer and assistant first lieutenant. Upon completion of Department Head School in 1980 he was assigned to the commissioning crew of USS Fahrion (FFG 22) as ship’s control officer and later as combat systems officer. He had command of USS Aries (PHM 5) from January 1989 to January 1991 and USS Doyle (FFG 39) from July 1995 to March 1997. Doyle was a member of the Vinson Battle Group in Desert Strike; the ship earned the Battle “E,” all possible departmental awards, the 1996 Chief of Naval Operations LAMPS Safety Award, and two TYCOM Safety Awards.
His assignments ashore include duty as operations and plans officer to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twelve; aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare; action officer, Pacific Command Branch J-33, Joint Operations directorate, Joint Staff; 1st battalion officer and ethics instructor, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; commanding officer Naval Base San Diego; commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific Northwest; commander, Navy Region Northwest, and commander, Navy Region Southwest.
Hering’s personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (4 awards), and various other personal achievement, service awards and ribbons.