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Rear Admiral William Douglas Crowder:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine/ Commander, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group
Rear Admiral Doug Crowder is the son of a Master Chief Quartermaster. He received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in June 1974.
At sea, Rear Adm. Crowder has served in numerous ships in both Pacific and Atlantic Fleets including: as CIC Officer in USS Ramsey (FFG 2), Aft Propulsion Group Officer in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), Combat Systems Officer in USS Stump (DD 978), and Executive Officer in USS Yorktown (CG 48).
He commanded USS Kidd (DDG 993) from 1992-1994, operating in both the Pacific and Atlantic, winning the Battle Efficiency E Award. In 1998-1999 he commanded Destroyer Squadron 24, deploying to the Mediterranean as part of the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group. He also served as the Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Ashore, Rear Adm. Crowder has served a number of tours in the Pentagon including: as action officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Strategy and Plans Division (OP-60); Surface Warfare Analyst in the Office of Program Appraisal (Office of Secretary of the Navy); Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; Chief of the Planning and Integration Branch, Joint Staff (J-8); Senior Staff of the National Defense Panel; and as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as Executive Assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Rear Adm. Crowder assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Nine/Abraham Lincoln Strike Group in July 2004. During a deployment to the western Pacific, he served as Commander, Combined Support Group Indonesia, as part of Operation Unified Assistance (Tsunami Relief effort). His previous Flag assignments were as Director, Deep Blue, the Navy Operations Group, from August 2002 to May 2004; and Director, Operations, Plans and Political Military Affairs Division (N31/N52) from September 2001-October 2002 both on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Adm. Crowder was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and studied European Economic and Political Affairs at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland from 1980-82. In November 1982, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Medal for Leadership by the President of the French Senate in Paris.
Updated:22 April 2005


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