Rear Adm. Randy Crites, a native of Lima, Ohio, graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and was commissioned through the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program in 1985. He completed his Master of Arts in National Security Affairs at The College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1996 and has completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI in Foreign Affairs, International Relations and National Security.
At sea, he served as division officer aboard USS Ray (SSN 653); navigator and operations officer on USS Archerfish (SSN 678), and executive officer of USS Nebraska (SSBN 739). As commanding officer of USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), he successfully completed four strategic deterrent patrols. He also served as commanding officer of USS Florida (SSGN 728), where he deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of the operations vital to U.S. national security.
His shore tours include service as the officer in charge of the Performance Monitoring Team (OIC PMT) at Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4; weapons system programmer at United States Strategic Command; head of the submarine program section and shipbuilding account manager, Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel (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.
Crites’ last tour was as the director, Maritime Headquarters (N03) on the staff of commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Crites reported as commander, Submarine Group 10 in July, 2015.
Crites’ personal 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.