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for Naval Intelligence and the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Cen- ter. In 2008, he was Director of the Na- tional Security Operations Center at the National Security Agency. Hayes worked in the private sector for five years after he graduated from Indiana University.

REAR ADMIRAL MICHELLE HOWARD Chief of Staff to the Director for Strategic

Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff

Rear Admiral Michelle Howard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. Her initial sea tour was aboard the USS Hunley. While serving on the USS Lexing-

ton, she received the 1987 Secretary of the Navy/Navy League Winifred Collins Award— given to a female officer for outstanding leadership. By 1990, she was a chief engineer on USS Mount Hood and she served in Desert Shield and Des- ert Storm. In 1992, she was First Lieuten- ant on board USS Flint and she became Executive Officer of the USS Tortuga in 1996, deploying in support of peace- keeping efforts in the former Yugoslavia. Two months after she returned from that deployment, the USS Tortuga left for a training cruise, where the sailors, with a U.S. Marine and Coast Guard detach- ment, operated with the Naval services of seven West African nations. Rear Admiral Howard took command of USS Rushmore in March 1999, becoming the first African American woman to com- mand a ship in the U.S. Navy.

REAR ADMIRAL ARTHUR J. JOHNSON Director, Assessment Division

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Rear Admiral

Arthur J. John- son’s first flag assignment was as Commander of the United States Naval Forces Marianas, and as the U.S. Pacific Command Repre-


sentative in Guam. In July 2011, he took up his current post. Prior, he served as Commander of the Naval Safety Center between 2007 and 2011. Prior, he com- manded both patrol and reconnaissance forces of the 5th Fleet, the Patrol and Re- connaissance Forces 7th Fleet, and Fleet Air Western Pacific. He has completed command tours at Naval Air Station Bar- bers Point, Hawaii, where he commanded the “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron 47, and at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Five. He also served as the assistant deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs-Asia in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate of the Joint Staff.

REAR ADMIRAL WILLIE METTS Deputy Chief of Tailored Access Operations,

National Security Agency Rear Admi-

ral Willie Metts was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on July 1st 2011. He took up his current position as Deputy Chief of Tailored

Access Operations, National Security Agency in August. Prior, he served as Director of Intelligence at Cyber Com- mand. Rear Admiral Metts graduated from Savannah State University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electron- ics Engineering Technology and was commissioned via the Naval ROTC. Following commissioning, he completed deployments to the Mediterranean and Red Seas during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In [ ], he earned a Master’s degree in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intel- ligence at the Naval Postgraduate School. As a cryptologist (now Information Warfare) in 1993, he transferred to Naval Security Group Command and served as Operations Director. In 1997, he joined the Naval Computer and Telecommunica- tions Station before fleeting up to Execu- tive Officer. In 1999, he was assigned to the staff of Carrier Group 2 as a Cryptol- ogy Coordinator. In 2001, he joined the Pacific Command in Hawaii, where he later served as Special Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Fleet and in July 2006 served as Commanding Officer,

Navy Information Operations Command, Hawaii. Following that, he joined the Navy Personnel Command in 2008.

REAR ADMIRAL FERNANDEZ L. “FRANK” PONDS Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

Rear Admi- ral Fernandez L. Frank Ponds was assigned to take up his current post as Commander of Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific in November 2011. Prior, he was a senior fellow on the 2010 Chief of Naval Opera- tions Strategic Studies Group. After earn- ing a Bachelor’s degree in Science from University of Alabama in 1982, he was commissioned from Officer Candidate School in June 1983. His shore assign- ments have included Inspector for Pacific Fleet’s Propulsion Examination Board; Inspector in the Office of the Navy In- spector General; a Senior Naval Advisor in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State during the 2005 earthquake relief operations in Pakistan, the 2006 Lebanon Non-combat- ant Evacuation Operation, and Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief. Rear Adm. Ponds commanded Amphibious Squadron Eight from November of 2007 to May 2009, operating in four fleet areas of operation in Iraq; counter piracy operations; and Sea Angel II (Bangladesh Humanitar- ian Assistance/Disaster Relief). He also served as a Mission Commander for the Haiti HA/DR Operation 2008. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University, another Master’s degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Mas- ter’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University.

REAR ADMIRAL KEVIN D. SCOTT Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2

Rear Admiral Kevin D. Scott as- sumed his current duties as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 in July 2010. He was designated a Naval Avia- tor in 1984.Prior to his current assign-

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