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Rear Admiral Raymond K. Alexander:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Civil Engineer Corps Deputy Commander, First Naval Construction Division
Rear Admiral Raymond K. Alexander is a native of Taylor, Mich. He was commissioned an Ensign, Civil Engineer Corps in 1975 through NROTC. The honor graduate of Civil Engineer Corps basic course 138, he began his military service with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, deployed to Diego Garcia as the battalion's Engineering Officer and later, the Officer in Charge of the island airfield expansion, and Nea Makri/Souda Bay, Greece, as the battalion's detachment Officer in Charge.
He then served as the Officer in Charge of Construction Battalion Unit 403 at the U.S. Naval Academy where the unit received a Meritorious Unit Commendation. Upon release from active duty in December 1979, he accepted a reserve commission and affiliated with the Naval Reserve in Knoxville, Tenn.
Rear Adm. Alexander's reserve assignments include service as the Training Officer for Reserve Naval Construction Force Support Unit 1, Greensboro, N.C.; Company Commander/Equipment Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; Operations Officer, Chief Staff Officer and Commander of the Third Naval Construction Regiment, Atlanta, Ga.; Assistant Training Officer for the First Naval Construction Brigade, CBC Gulfport, Miss.; Deputy Command Engineer, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.; and Contingency Facilities Engineering, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain/U.S. Fifth Fleet/Deputy Command Engineer, U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Fla. Upon selection as a Flag Officer, he assumed the duties as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Activity, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Rear Adm. Alexander currently serves as Deputy Commander, First Naval Construction Division, Norfolk, Va., and has recently assumed command of First Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group, Iraq.
In 1990, then Lt. Cmdr. Alexander was recalled to active duty with the Third Naval Construction Regiment and deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During this time, he was assigned as the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Construction Engineer-Forward, responsible for all construction in support of Marine combat operations on the Saudi/Kuwaiti boarder. During ground combat operations, Lt. Cmdr. Alexander was assigned to the MEF Headquarters Quartering Party, entering Kuwait behind the First and Second Marine Divisions, tasked with the construction of the MEF forward combat headquarters.
Rear Adm. Alexander's professional education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/ Construction Management from the University of Michigan, a Master of Engineering degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and he is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Alabama.
Rear Adm. Alexander's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3) along with various unit commendations, and campaign medals with Fleet Marine Corps devices. He is also a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist.
Updated: 27 October 2004

 

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