Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, the U.S. Navy‘s director of undersea warfare, has received nomination from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for the rank of vice admiral and successor to the commander roles of Vice Adm. Michael Connor.
The Defense Department said Wednesday Tofalo would helm the Naval Submarine Forces, Submarine Force Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command if his nomination is approved.
Tofalo has served as director of undersea warfare (N97) under the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations since December 2013.
Following his selection for the rear admiral rank in 2009, he received his first flag assignment as assistant deputy chief of staff for global force management and joint operations (N3B) under the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Earlier in his military career, he also held at-sea command assignments with USS Maine and Submarine Squadron 3 and staff assignments with OPNAV, U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Joint Staff, among others.