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Rear Admiral Anthony R. Maness

   Rear Admiral Maness was born in Long Beach, California on 13 April 1940. He attended elementary and high school in Bellflower, California, and entered the Naval Academy in June 1958. He gradu-ated from the Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1962. 

   In September 1964, Rear Admiral Maness joined Patrol Squadron NINE at Moffett Field, California, where he participated in the first deployments of the P-3A aircraft to the Western Pacific.


Rear Admiral Anthony R. Maness

He was assigned in June 1967 to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he served as a detailer in the Aviation Lieutenant Commander and Junior Officer Assignment Office.

   Rear Admiral Maness reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY in September 1971 at Moffett Field for his department head tour. In August 1974, he was assigned as an action officer in the Plans, Policy and National Security Affairs Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

   Rear Admiral Maness joined Patrol Squadron SIX at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii in April 1977 and assumed command of the squadron in June 1978. In June 1979, Rear Admiral Maness reported to Patrol Wing TWO, Barbers Point as the Wing Operations Officer. In February 1981, he assumed responsibilities as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and Director of the CNO's Executive Panel in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

   From August 1988 to October 1989, Rear Admiral Maness served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then assumed responsibilities as Director for Total Force Training and Education Policy in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

   Rear Admiral Maness assumed duties as Commander, Patrol Wings U. S. Pacific Fleet in September 1990.

   Rear Admiral Maness holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Naval Academy and a Master of Arts Degree on International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

   His awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

   Rear Admiral Maness is married to the former Karen Charles of Los Altos, California, They have four daughters, Amy, Tracy, Sonia, and Jessica.