Military Bios

Rear Admiral Leendert R. Hering, Sr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Navy Region Northwest Commander, Naval Surface Group, Pacific Northwest
Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” R. Hering, Sr. is a native of Portsmouth, Va. He was commissioned through the NROTC Scholarship program from State University of New York Maritime College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and oceanography. He has also earned a Master's of Science degree in international relations and strategic study from the Naval War College, and a Master's of Science degree in business management from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.
Rear Adm. Hering’s initial sea assignment was in USS Santa Barbara (AE 28), where he served as 1st and 2nd Division Officer and Assistant First Lieutenant. Upon completion of Department Head school in 1980 he was assigned to the commission crew of USS Fahrion (FFG 22) as Ships Control Officer and later as Combat Systems Officer. Subsequent sea duty assignments included Commanding Officer of USS Aries (PHM 5) from January 1989 to January 1991. He also served as Commanding Officer of USS Doyle (FFG 39) from July 1995 to March 1997. While in command, Doyle was a member of the Vinson Battle Group in Desert Strike. The ship earned the Battle “E,” all possible competitive departmental awards, the 1996 CNO LAMPS Safety award and two TYCOM Safety Awards.
His assignments ashore include duty as Operations and Plans Officer to Commander Destroyer Squadron Twelve; Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare (OP 07), OPNAV; Action Officer Pacific Command Branch, Joint Operations Directorate (J-33), Joint Staff; 1st Battalion Officer and Ethics Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; Commanding Officer, Naval Base San Diego from May of 1999 to April of 2002, and presently as Commander, Navy Region Northwest/Commander, Naval Surface Group, Pacific Northwest.
Rear Adm. Hering’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other service awards and ribbons.
Updated: 21 January 2004


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