Navy comm command gets new chief

Navy comm command gets new chief

The Navy has tapped Capt. Gerald R. Beaman to take the helm of the Naval Network and Space Operations Command in Dahlgren, Va.

Beaman, who also is being promoted to rear admiral, will be the second commander of NNSOC. He will replace Rear Adm. John P. Cryer, who will leave the post in February. Cryer helped establish the command and became its first commander in July 2002.

The center runs the Navy's space and global telecommunications systems and resulted from the merger of components within the Naval Space Command and Naval Network Operations Command.

Most recently, Beaman worked as chief of staff for the naval air force commander at the Pacific Fleet in San Diego, Calif. He has also worked as a special agent with the FBI and in posts with various fighter squadrons.

The Hammond, Ind., native has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marquette University and a master's in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

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