Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the President has nominated Rear Adm. (lower half) Valerie K. Huegel and Rear Adm. (lower half) Althea H. Coetzee for promotion to the rank of rear admiral.
Rear Adm. Huegel is currently serving as commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Williamsburg, Virginia. Huegel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Troy State University.
Huegel’s assignments include deputy commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support in San Diego; forward director, Defense Logistics Agency – Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office; personal property and Fuels Division officer, Naval Station Adak, Alaska; Stock Control, Aviation Supply Support and Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Division officer, Naval Station Adak, Alaska; Material and Aviation Supply Support Division officer, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida; commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Naval Supply Center, Pensacola, Florida; executive officer, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 13; Commander, Naval Readiness Region Southeast; chief of staff, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group; commanding officer, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 13 and NR Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, Virginia; and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, director, J4 for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, Djibouti, Africa.
Rear Adm. Coetzee is currently on Individual Augmentee assignment, serving as Director, Operational Contract Support Drawdown Cell, United States Forces, Afghanistan. She also serves as deputy director, Contingency Contracting, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Washington, D.C.
Coetzee holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree from National University.
Coetzee’s shore assignments include assistant director of logistics, Naval Hospital Oakland; commanding officer, Fleet Industrial Supply Center West 319; commander, AIRPAC Supply 0189; DCMA CAT West; commander, CNAF Supply 0294; supply department head, Construction Battalion Center Augment, Port Hueneme, California; staff supply officer, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Pacific and Logistics Task Force, Pacific Headquarters; deputy J4 and chief contingency contracting officer for Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa; director, Combined Exercise Support Group, Exercise Talisman Saber; N4, Commander Task Force 41, Operation Unified Response, Haiti; and commanding officer, Navy Reserve Operations Logistics Readiness Detachment 106, Washington, D.C. Sea tours include USS Jason (AR 8), USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and USS Mount Hood (AE 29).
Supply Corps Officer Nominated for Promotion …
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that Capt. Michelle C. Skubic, SC, USN, has been nominated for promotion to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).
Skubic, a native of Monterey, California, earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, where she graduated with distinction and was awarded the Naval Supply Systems Command Award for Academic Excellence in Management, and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Acquisition Excellence Award.
Skubic’s afloat assignments include USS Acadia (AD 42), which involved an eight-month deployment for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; USS McFaul (DDG 74); and USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77).
Previous duty stations include commanding officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk; services officer and carrier readiness officer, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego; combined quarters officer and aviation support division officer, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily; deputy department head for program contacts, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland; deputy force supply officer, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, San Diego; director of Supplier Operations, DLA Aviation, Richmond, Virginia; and commander of the DLA Support Team in Kuwait, where her team, in concert with other DLA activities, supported United States Central Command, United States Army Central, and other DoD organizations in sustaining warfighter requirements for Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Supply Corps Reserve Captain Nominated for Promotion …
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that Capt. Keith M. Jones has been nominated for promotion to the rank of Rear Adm. (lower half). Capt. Jones most recently served as commanding officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet Logistics Readiness Center Headquarters 120, San Diego, California.
Capt. Jones, a native of Ferriday, Louisiana, earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from California State University Bakersfield. He completed the Joint Military Operations course and seminars in national security strategy and policy at the Naval War College and National Defense University. He has also completed the Advance Course in Logistics & Technology (LOGTECH) at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School; the Advanced Management Program at the Tench Francis School of Business; the Naval Reserve Officer Foreign Exchange Program; the Naval Reserve Advanced Management Seminar; and the Strategic Logistics Management Seminar at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Capt. Jones has previously served on the Secretary of the Navy’s National Naval Reserve Policy Board and the Chief of the Supply Corps’ Diversity Council. He is the first-ever Supply Corps Reserve officer to receive the Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award.
Capt. Jones’ additional assignments include Navy Overseas Air Cargo Terminal E208; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion SIX; Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Detachment 206; Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Supply 1086; and Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Operations Team-Atlanta.
He served active duty aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and has also served staff tours as training/operations officer at Naval Supply Center Oakland B620; executive officer, Naval Supply Center Oakland B420; supply officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVENTEEN; regimental supply/logistics officer, FIRST Naval Construction Regiment; executive officer, Freight Terminal Unit B211; plans officer-Southwest Asia, Commander Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force Headquarters Staff; logistics advisor, Naval Reserve Readiness Command MID-ATLANTIC; deputy assistant chief of staff, Resources & Requirements, FIRST Naval Construction Division; and executive assistant to Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group.
Recalled to active duty, Capt. Jones served as deputy logistics director, Commander, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch; and later as senior watch commander, Logistics Readiness Cell, Commander, United States Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was mobilized in a dual-hatted role as commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Forward; and as commander, U.S. FIFTH Fleet Task Group 56.3, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of the final U.S. drawdown from Iraq in Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
He is a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare officer. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal (4), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.