Rear Adm. Craig Faller, chief of legislative affairs for the secretary of the U.S. Navy in Washington, has been appointed senior military assistant to the Defense Department secretary.
Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley and Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced Faller’s new assignment in a DoD news release published Monday.
Rear Adm. James Loeblein will replace Faller in his role at the Navy.
Faller assumed the role of chief of legislative affairs for the Navy secretary in 2014 where he served as a principal liaison between the leaders of the Department of the Navy and congressional members.
The 34-year Navy veteran is former commander and director of operations at the U.S. Central Command.
Faller has served in other leadership posts at the service branch that include chief of the Navy Recruiting Command, executive assistant to the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and head of surface nuclear officer programs and placement at the Navy Personnel Command.
His sea assignments include roles as operations officer aboard the USS Peterson (DD 969), commanding officer of the USS Stethem (DDG 63), reactor electrical division officer on the USS South Carolina (CGN 37) and commander of the Carrier Strike Group 3.