Rear Admiral Fred W. Kacher, USN, is an active duty naval officer who has deployed multiple times at sea and commanded the USS Stockdale and Destroyer Squadron Seven. An author of numerous articles on naval affairs and recipient of the Elmo Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership and the U.S. Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership, he has also served ashore at the White House and the Pentagon. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard’s Kennedy School.