Submariner To Head Naval Academy
RADM Jeffrey Fowler has been nominated to take the politically-sensitive job of Naval Academy Superintendent:
Fowler, a North Dakota native, is up to the task, said Master Chief Petty Officer Evelyn Banks, who was a senior enlisted adviser to Fowler at the Navy's recruiting command in Millington, Tenn.Vigilis adds his thoughts on the nomination here. I'm pretty sure RADM Fowler will be the first submariner to head up the Academy since ADM Charles Larson. I knew RADM Fowler when he was the Commodore of SubRon Three, and I think he'll do a good job. That being said, I'll be interested to see what CDR Salamander has to say about his performance a year or so down the line.
When Banks arrived at the recruiting command in 2003, she said, sailors were concerned about a number of sexual misconduct incidents, but Fowler “created an environment where everybody felt respected.” Fowler “put the sailor first” and considered the consequences his decisions would have on people's lives, she said.
During his career, Fowler has deployed to all four oceans, as well as the Middle East, and commanded a squadron of fast-attack, nuclear-powered subs.
Since July, he has been stationed in Naples, Italy, as the deputy director of the U.S. 6th Fleet in Europe and commander of allied submarine forces on the Mediterranean.