Rear Admiral David M. Stone
Rear Admiral (Lower Half) David M. Stone is a native of Algonquin, Illinois. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1974. Following graduation he was assigned to USS Vreeland (FF 1068) forward deployed and homeported in Elefsis, Greece, where he served as CIC Officer, Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer.
United States Navy
Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group FIVE
Commander, Nimitz Battle Group
In September 1977, Rear Adm. Stone reported to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a Masters degree in National Security Affairs. Following completion of Surface Warfare Officer Department Head School, he reported in January 1980 to USS Caron (DD 970) in Norfolk, Va., as the Engineer Officer. During his tour, the ship deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea.
In November 1981, Rear Adm. Stone assumed duties as the Commissioning Executive Officer of USS Gemini (PHM 6) homeported in Key West, Fla. He was subsequently assigned to the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Twelve in Mayport, Fla., as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Material from 1983 to 1985. During his assignment, the staff deployed to the Mediterranean as Commander, Task Force Six Zero. In June 1986, Rear Adm. Stone completed study at the United States Naval War College in Newport, R.I., receiving a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. During this tour, he also earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from Salve Regina College.
From September 1986 until February 1988, Rear Adm. Stone served as Executive Officer in USS Richmond K. Turner (CG 20) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Earnest Will Escort Missions where the ship performed duties as the Gulf Anti-Air Warfare Commander. In March 1988, he commenced a joint assignment as a Special Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. Following this joint tour and prior to his assumption of duties as Commanding Officer of USS John Hancock (DD 981), Rear Adm. Stone was temporarily assigned to the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Twelve, where he participated in the Eisenhower Battle Group Red Sea deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield.
During his June 1991 to April 1993 command tour in USS John Hancock, the ship conducted Red Sea Maritime Interception Operations, Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf Tomahawk Contingency Tasking, Eastern Pacific Counter-Drug Missions and Norwegian Fjord NATO Exercises. Following a tour in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head of the Warfare Policy Branch (OPNAV N512), Rear Adm. Stone served as Commander Middle East Force/Commander Destroyer Squadron FIFTY forward based in Bahrain from November 1994 to July 1996. This tour was followed by assignment as the Chief of Staff, United States Sixth Fleet from August 1996 to August 1998 during which he also performed duties as the Chief of Staff for CJTF Silver Wake (Non-combatant evacuation operations in Albania).
Following selection to flag rank, Rear Adm. Stone's initial assignment was as the Commander, Standing Naval Force Mediterranean. He was the first United States Naval Officer to command this NATO Maritime Immediate Reaction Force. During his September 1998 - September 1999 assignment the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean conducted extensive Adriatic Sea Control Operations in support of Operation Allied Force. Following a tour ashore in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., as the Deputy Director for Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86B), Rear Adm. Stone assumed command of Cruiser-Destroyer Group FIVE/Nimitz Battle Group in October 2000.
Rear Adm. Stone s decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two Awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and various other service medals and unit awards.
Updated 17 January 2001