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Rear Adm. Larry LeGree assumed the duties of Deputy Director for Joint Interagency Task Force South in May 2022.
Rear Adm. LeGree was born in Big Rapids, Michigan, and is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. He is a systems Engineer and a qualified nuclear Surface Warfare Officer and holds a Master of International Public Policy from the Elliott school of International Affairs of George Washington University, a master’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science from North Carolina State University, and is a National Security Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Previous at-sea assignments include service on USS SCOTT (DDG 995), USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973), USS ASHLAND (LSD 48), and multiple tours aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). Overseas deployments include Operation DESERT STORM, United Nations Operations in Kosovo, Maritime Interception Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and UNIFIED RESPONSE for current counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.
Ashore Rear Adm. LeGree has served as special assistant to the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, and later as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy and speechwriter for the Director, Naval Reactors. He worked as the Principal Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and most recently served as the Senior Nuclear Advisor to the Secretary of Energy.
Rear Adm. LeGree has Commanded the Asadabad Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was the first operational Commanding Officer of USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19), taking that ship and crew on their first deployment, and also served as the final Chief Engineer of ENTERPRISE completing a third tour on the Big E. He most recently served as the Commander of Amphibious Squadron EIGHT and Immediate Superior in Command for the BATAAN Amphibious Ready Group.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various service medals and unit awards.