Military Bios

Rear Admiral William D. Masters, Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Naval Reserve Security Group Command
Rear Admiral Masters, a native of Canton, Ill., joined the in March 1964 and served as a cryptologic technician during the conflict in Vietnam. As an enlisted Sailor, he served in supervisory and direct support assignments in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and at sea.
Following his graduation from Western Illinois University in 1972, Rear Adm. Masters received a direct commission as an intelligence officer. In 1974 he became a cryptologic officer.
Rear Adm. Masters has commanded Naval Reserve Security Group units in Baltimore, Md.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Fort Worth, Tex.; Tampa, Fla.; and Orlando, Fla. He has also served as Regional Cryptologic Area Commander South and Assistant Chief of Staff /N5 on the national staff of Naval Reserve Security Group Command.
Prior to taking charge of Naval Reserve Security Group, Rear Adm. Masters was Chief of Staff of the command. He recently completed a three-year active-duty assignment as Special Assistant for Reserve Plans and Policy at Naval Security Group, which is headquartered at Fort Meade, Md.
As a civilian, Rear Adm. Masters has served in various leadership positions in the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, where he headed Organization and Management Development at the acclaimed FAA Center for Management Development. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the "Hammer Award" for excellence in government, presented by the Vice President of the United States, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Rear Adm. Masters holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Western Illinois University which recently granted him the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.
Among his military awards are the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
Updated: 14 December 2002


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