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Rear Adm. William Brown
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the President has nominated Rear Adm. William Brown, currently serving as Director, Strategy, Policy, Programs, and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to the rank of Vice Admiral and assignment as Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM.
A native of Gloucester County, Va., Rear Adm. Brown was a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship student at Virginia Military Institute, and commissioned in the Navy in May 1980. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Navy Postgraduate School in 1990, and attended Stanford Business Executive Training Program in 2004.
Rear Adm. Brown has served in a variety of sea and shore duty assignments providing him with extensive logistics and management expertise. His initial sea tour was aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), where he served as disbursing officer, wardroom officer, and stock control officer. He served as supply officer aboard USS Leftwich (DD 984) during Operation Nimble Archer and completed his sea assignments as supply officer aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) during Operation Southern Watch in 2000.
Ashore, he served at the Naval Air Systems Command; the former Naval Aviation Supply Office; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Naval Supply Systems Command and commander, Naval Air Forces. During the initial phases of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he was the operations director at the Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia.
He is a qualified Naval Aviation Supply Corps Officer and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, and is a 1989 recipient of the Navy League's Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award.
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Capt. Paul Verrastro
Capt. Paul Verrastro, currently serving as Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, has been nominated for promotion to Rear Adm. (Lower Half).
Capt. Verrastro earned a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Albany and master's degrees in Contracting Management with distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Security and Strategic Studies with highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the Wharton Business School Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has served aboard USS New Jersey (BB 62); USS Chandler (DDG 996); and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). His previous duty stations include Assistant Community Manager for the Supply Enlisted Ratings and Supply Corps Officer Detailer, Navy Personnel Command, Washington, D.C.; Program Manager for Fleet Requirements, Ship's Husbanding Services and Contingency Contracting, Naval Regional Contracting Center, Naples, Italy; Director, F/A-18 Integrated Weapons Support Team, Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia; Deputy for Supply Policy, Training and Assessments, Commander, Naval Air Forces, San Diego; Country Program Director for North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Coalition Affairs, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Arlington, Va.; and Director, Aviation Operations at the NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Command, Philadelphia.
Capt. John Polowczyk, currently serving as Comptroller, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated for promotion to Rear Adm. (Lower Half).
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Capt. John Polowczyk
He earned a bachelor's degree from United States Naval Academy and a master's degrees in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He has also received advanced education through the Executive Education Program offered at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Capt. Polowczyk's afloat assignments include USS Queenfish (SSN 651); USS Peterson (DD 969); and USS Bataan (LHD 5). His previous duty stations include Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Business Management Officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.; Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, N41, Washington, D.C.; Business Financial Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Washington, D.C.; Financial Officer, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.; Contracting Officer, NAVSEA; and Instructor, Naval Supply Corps School, Athens, Ga.