Rear Admiral Gene Black
Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight
A New Jersey native, RDML Black graduated with the class of 1986 from the U.S. Naval Academy, earning a B.S. in Political Science and later a M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
At sea, he served as commanding officer of USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) from January 2010 until November 2011. While in command, Leyte Gulf deployed to the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea.
Black commanded USS Mason (DDG 87) from May 2004 until January 2006, also deployed to the Arabian Gulf.
Black’s other sea duty assignments include executive officer in USS Ramage (DDG 61), weapons officer and combat systems officer in USS Normandy (CG 60), fire control officer in USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), combat information center officer and damage control assistant in USS Gallery (FFG 26) and the staff of the Commander, South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Black’s shore duty assignments include director, Surface Warfare Officer Distribution at the Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee; Future Ships branch head in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N86) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; and Afghanistan/Pakistan Politico-Military Policy branch head on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), in Washington, D.C. Other assignments include Commander Detailer at the Navy Personnel Command and Surface Warfare Officer School department head instructor in Newport, Rhode Island.
For his first flag officer assignment he served as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain from June 2015 until July 2017.
He assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Eight in September 2017.