Rear Admiral Randy B. Crites
Commander, Submarine Group 10
Rear Admiral Crites commands Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay, Ga., and is responsible for the readiness, training, logistical, administrative and personnel support of all U.S. ballistic missile (SSBN) and guided missile (SSGN) submarines in the Atlantic Fleet.
Born in Lima, Ohio, Rear Adm. Randy Crites was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in 1985 upon graduating with a degree in engineering from The Ohio State University. His early operational assignments included service on attack and ballistic missile submarines, including USS Ray (SSN 653), USS Archerfish (SSN 678) and USS Nebraska (SSBN 739).
He commanded USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) and the guided missile submarine, USS Florida (SSGN 728). His staff assignments included duty as officer in charge of the Performance Monitoring Team (OIC PMT) at Submarine Squadron 4; weapons system programmer at United States Strategic Command; head of the submarine program section and shipbuilding account manager, OPNAV N80; senior member of the Atlantic, Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team (TRE); prospective commanding officer instructor (PCOI) U.S. Atlantic Fleet; branch head, Program Planning and Development N801, OPNAV N80; and most recently as the director, Maritime Headquarters (N03) on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
He earned his Master’s degree at The College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He is most proud of his various unit awards that reflect credit on the successful teams he has served with and the many skilled professionals he has been privileged to work alongside.