Rear Adm. Victor G. Guillory received his first star during a brief ceremony Thursday aboard the U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship, the USS Blue Ridge.
Vice Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Seventh Fleet commander, pinned the stars on Guillory in his flag cabin.
“This promotion is recognition of clearly a great performance,” Greenert said, “a demonstration of great potential. This is a wonderful transition.”
Guillory said, “Most of my career has been aboard ship, from enlisted on up to this point. So I really wanted to be aboard ship for this promotion.”
The Blue Ridge was in Okinawa during a scheduled port visit.
The New Orleans native and Naval Academy graduate assumed command of the Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed amphibious force on Oct. 1.
He has served as commander of several ships and has had several Washington-area assignments in the Bureau of Naval Personnel and Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where most recently he was the assistant deputy of surface ships.
As commander of Amphibious Force U.S. Seventh Fleet, the new rear admiral is responsible for conducting expeditionary warfare operations to support missions from humanitarian and disaster relief operations to full combat operations.