Admiral J. Paul Reason is the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. A 1965 Naval Academy graduate (B.S.), M.S. in Computer Systems Management (NPS), and study in Defense Policy at the Kennedy School (Harvard), he is a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer with more than twenty years experience at sea. Command of Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), and USS Coontz (DDG 40) highlighted tours in carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers.
Ashore he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operation for Plans, Policy and Operations; Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic; and Commander, Naval Base Seattle. As the Atlantic Fleet Commander, Admiral Reason's duties include the training, maintenance, and readiness of naval forces deployed to the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas, South America, and the Persian Gulf. He is also responsible for the operations of most U.S. Navy bases and facilities along the East and Gulf coasts of the United States, in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Iceland.
The Atlantic Fleet executes an annual budget of $5 billion to maintain, train, and operate a force of 125,000 active duty sailors, 191 ships, and more than 1,300 Navy aircraft.
David G. Freymann was an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1979, retiring from active duty in the rank of commander. He served in destroyers, PT boats, nuclear cruisers, and naval intelligence. Since 1979 he has been an internal consultant to COMTHIRDFLT, COMSECONDFLT, COMNAVSURFLANT, COMNAVSURFPAC, and OPNAV on various matters, including tactics, campaign planning, operational integration of advanced technologies, and organizational reform. He is currently employed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and is attached to the CINCLANTFLT staff as Special Assistant for Innovation.