Rear Admiral Sandra E. "Sandy" Adams
Reserve Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
Rear Adm. Adams grew up in Okemos, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State University in 1978. She received her commission in 1981 from Officer Candidate School and subsequently completed the Surface Warfare Officer School Basic course in Newport, R.I.
Her first tour was aboard USS Puget Sound (AD 38) homeported in Italy as SIXTH Fleet flagship. She served as the Damage Control Assistant, and earned her Surface Warfare Officer designation.
Adams transitioned to the Naval Reserve (NR) in 1986 serving with NR Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Detachment 219, Long Beach, Calif. In 1990, she transferred to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 105. The unit was recalled to active duty and deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm where it provided harbor security for the U.S. Army’s logistics seaport.
She served as the Commanding Officer of five units to include the USS Bolster (ARS 38) reserve unit, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 203, NR Naval Beach Group One Detachment 119, NR Commander, Naval Forces Japan, and NR U.S. Pacific Command Detachment 120.
Adams has served on numerous operational staff positions including: Naval Coastal Warfare Group One; NR Navy Command Center Detachment 106; NR Commander, Naval Forces Korea HQ; and U.S. Joint Forces Command.
In 2010, she mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. Based in Kabul, she served as the senior advisor to an Afghan Minister of Defense Lieutenant General and his staff. Her first flag assignment was as the Reserve Deputy Commander, Navy Region Midwest and was selected for her current assignment as Reserve Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command as of October 2012.
Adams is a Full Joint Qualified officer and a CAPSTONE Graduate. She earned her master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2003.
As a civilian, Adams is a director of Supply Chain for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.
Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).