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Rear Adm. Douglas W. Sasse, III

Rear Adm. Doug Sasse is a native of Flint, Mich. He is a 1993 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

He served as division officer aboard USS Deyo (DD 989) and assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 20, completing deployments to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. He later served as weapons officer and combat systems officer on USS Hue City (CG 66), completing deployments to both U.S. Sixth Fleet and U.S Fifth Fleet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sasse served as an associate fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group and as an air defense instructor assigned to Surface Warfare Officer School Command in Newport, Rhode Island. His staff tours include Navy Reserve U.S. Forces Korea Detachment (Det.) 102; Navy Reserve Commander, Naval Forces Europe, Naval Forces Africa and U.S. Sixth Fleet Det. 802; and reserve chief of staff for Commander, Naval Surface Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

His command tours include Navy Reserve Commander, Destroyer Squadron 40 Det. B; Navy Reserve Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic Det. C; Navy Reserve U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime and Air Operations Det. Fort Dix; Navy Reserve Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Squadron 2 and Reserve LCS Enterprise Director; and Navy Reserve U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet. He also mobilized as the Joint Operations Center Team chief for Commander, U.S. Central Command Headquarters in support of Operational Noble Eagle.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.