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Naval Academy alumnus nominated to be its next superintendent

Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck, commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, delivers remarks at a press conference aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Javan Johnson)

Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck has been nominated to be the next superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations and a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy, nominated Buck on Tuesday, according to the academy. Buck would also be appointed to the rank of vice admiral if he is confirmed by the Senate.

If confirmed, Buck, 58, would be the 63rd superintendent of the Naval Academy, replacing Vice Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter, who is retiring in the summer. The change of command is planned for the summer, but the date has not been selected as they wait for the Senate confirmation, according to the academy.

Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Buck is a 1983 graduate of the Naval Academy, which is the service’s only undergraduate institution for naval and Marine officers. In his career as a naval flight officer, Buck has flown the P-3C Orion, an anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft, and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, according to his Navy biography. He has also commanded the Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, and served as the chief of staff for the plans and policy director for the Joint Staff, according to the announcement.

Buck now serves as the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet at Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Fla.

His has a master’s degree in international security policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Buck’s other education includes the College of Command and Staff at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and the Seminar XXI program at a branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Washington, D.C.

Buck’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.


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