Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest III, a native of Norfolk, Va., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1974 and was commissioned an ensign through the NROTC program. After completion of the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., he was assigned as assistant supply, disbursing, and shipís services officer aboard USS El Paso (LKA 117). Upon completion of this sea duty, he served as assistant to the director of the Naval Audit Service, Southeast Region.
Rear Adm. Priest left active duty in 1979 and enrolled in Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, receiving a masterís degree (MBA) in 1981. He was recalled to active duty in 1991 in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and served as officer-in-charge of Reserve operations at the Naval Supply Center, Norfolk.
Rear Adm. Priestís first flag assignment was at the Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters where he was Director, Reserve Readiness (J-91) as well as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Logistics Operations (J-3). He later served at Fleet Forces Command as Commander, Logistics Task Force, Atlantic and Deptuy Director, Logistics (N41R).
Rear Adm. Priestís previous Reserve assignments have included Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy, Logistics Task Force, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va; commanding officer of Navy Supply Systems Command Headquarters Reserve Unit, Mechanicsburg, Pa; commanding officer of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Ė Ocean Terminal Det, Norfolk; Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Naval Supply Center, Norfolk, Headquarters Det 106 Norfolk, and Det 606, Baltimore, Md., respectively; Assistant Director of Logistics, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Det 606; and Assistant Director of the Emergency Supply Operations Center, Defense General Supply Center, Richmond, Va.
Rear Adm. Priestís personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards. While serving as commanding officer of the FISC Ocean Terminal, Norfolk, his unit received the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Military Unit Award.
In his civilian career, Rear Adm. Priest is president of Priest Electronics, Inc. and served on the Executive Board of the Electronic Distributor Buying Association. He is a past lay leader of Epworth United Methodist Church and is a trustee of the Epworth Foundation. He is a member of the Naval Reserve Association.
Updated: 19 April 2005