A surface warfare officer, he completed nuclear propulsion training after graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1978.
Afloat, he has served with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. His operational assignments include duty onboard USS South Carolina (CGN 37) and USS Fife (DD 991). He also served as Reactor Officer onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). His command tours include the destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Destroyer Squadron Eighteen.
Ashore, he served at the Bureau of Navy Personnel as the Assistant Surface Captain Assignment Officer and Surface Nuclear Assignment Officer. During 1998-2000, he served as a Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
He has completed two previous assignments in the Office of Legislative Affairs. From 1992-1994, he served as the officer responsible for providing liaison to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees for all surface warfare, sealift, and shipbuilding programs. From 2001-2003, he served as the Director of the Senate Liaison Office.
Rear Adm. Ferguson holds a master's degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School. He completed a National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Updated: 30 March 2005