A 1978 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Rear Admiral McCreary began his naval career as a surface warfare officer in the Pacific Fleet. He served as electrical officer and main propulsion assistant aboard the destroyer USS O’Brien (DD 975). Between 1979 and 1981, he made two deployments to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans.
During his sea tour, Rear Adm. McCreary applied for and received re-designation as a public affairs officer (PAO). During his first PAO tour he spent two years at the Navy Office of Information in Atlanta handling regional media issues in Florida, Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi. He then went to Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as the assistant public affairs officer for the Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet.
After completing a master's degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations at San Diego State University, Rear Adm. McCreary came to Washington, D.C., as the news director for “Navy News This Week”, the Navy’s half hour internal TV news show.
In September 1989, Rear Adm. McCreary returned to the waterfront as the public affairs officer for the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63). He served aboard Missouri in the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm, attended the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and remained aboard until March 1992 when Missouri was decommissioned.
Upon leaving Missouri, Rear Adm. McCreary reported to Submarine Group Five in San Diego where he served as public affairs officer until June 1994. From there he moved to Bahrain where he served as the public affairs officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet until August 1997. He then returned to Washington, D.C., to serve as the public affairs officer for the Bureau of Naval Personnel. In February 1999, Rear Adm. McCreary became the public affairs officer for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii.
Effective date: 20 August 2003