You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

2-star tapped for surface Navy's top job

May. 5, 2014 - 04:40PM   |  
Rear Adm. Tom Rowden will head Naval Surface Forces.
Rear Adm. Tom Rowden will head Naval Surface Forces. (Navy)
  • Filed Under

The surface Navy is about to get a new boss.

The Pentagon announced Monday that Rear Adm. Tom Rowden has been tapped to become the head of Naval Surface Forces, relieving Vice. Adm. Thomas Copeman, a position that comes with a third star.

Rowden currently is the director of Surface Warfare for the chief of naval operations in the Pentagon. Rowden graduated from the Naval Academy in 1982 and is a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer who has commanded the destroyer Milius, and served as reactor officer on the carrier George Washington.

As a flag officer, he has led the Ronald Reagan and Nimitz Strike Groups.

Rowden’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other personal, unit, and campaign awards.

The Pentagon also said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary who previously served as the Navy’s top spokesman, has been nominated for a second star.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Navy Times

This Week's Navy Times

Go mustang
LDO and warrant careers offer more authority, a pay hike and big retirement payout

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook