Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Milton J Sands III, USN
Commander, Naval Service Training Command
Rear Admiral Sands is a native of Farmington, Connecticut and graduated
from The United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Oceanography. He holds a Master’s degree in Military Strategy
and Planning from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) in Norfolk, VA.
His operational tours included Surface Warfare Officer assignments on
Newport-class tank landing ship USS Saginaw (LST 1188) and Spruance-class
destroyer USS John Rodgers (DD 983). After graduating Basic Underwater
Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) training with class 203, he was assigned to
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1. Additional assignments include two tours
with SEAL Team 2, and assignment to a joint task force in Afghanistan.
He commanded SEAL Team 8, was the Chief of Staff of Naval Special Warfare
Group 2, and Chief Staff Officer at the Naval Special Warfare Development
Group before returning to NSW Group 2 as Commodore.
Ashore Sands was a joint planner at Special Operations Command, Europe;
a Counter Terrorism and Public Policy Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford
School of Public Policy as part of the Navy’s Federal Executive Fellowship
program; Director of Counter Terrorism and Operations for the Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict;
and Deputy Operations Officer at the Joint Special Operations Command.
His most recent assignment prior to Naval Service Training Command was as
Vice-president, Joint Special Operations University at U.S. Special Operations Command.
Rear Admiral Sands is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit and Defense
Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Bronze Star Medal (2 awards) as well
as various other personal, unit and service awards.