Capt. Kenneth R. Blackmon was relieved by Capt. Douglas W. Sasse III as Reserve Commodore, NR Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two, LCS Reserve Enterprise Director during a change of command held at Naval Station Mayport aboard USS Detroit (LCS 7) on Dec. 10.
Blackmon was commissioned in 1989 via the George Washington University NROTC program.
At sea, he served as Strike Warfare Officer, Electrical Officer and Navigator /Administrative Officer in USS David R. Ray (DD-971). While aboard David R. Ray, Blackmon deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
As a Navy Reserve officer, Blackmon commanded NR Expeditionary Strike Group Three, NR Fleet Technical Support Center Detachment 204, NR Recruiting Support Unit Detachment 466 and NR Mobile Mine Assembly Unit Three. He has also been attached to NR Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Navy Detachment as Chief of Staff; Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic Fleet Synthetic Training Event Unit as Director of Operations; NR Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Detachment 106 as Executive Officer; NR Naval Control of Shipping Atlantic 304 and NR Naval Base Philadelphia. Blackmon is currently the first Reserve Commodore of NR Littoral Combat Ship Squadron TWO in Mayport, FL, providing leadership for eight supporting commands and over 600 Sailors. In addition, Blackmon assumed duties as LCS Reserve Enterprise Director effective October 2015.
Blackmon mobilized March to December 2003 for Operation Noble Eagle/Operation Enduring Freedom, supporting U.S Pacific Command in the Joint Operations Center and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Fleet Command Center. Blackmon again mobilized June 2010 to July 2011 as a Strategic Planner in the Theater Plans and Synchronization Element with U.S. Central Command, where he worked on the country's highest priority contingency plan. Blackmon also deployed July to August 2014 in USS America (LHA-6) as Chief of Staff of Commander Task Force 49 during America's maiden transit around South America to her new home port of San Diego, Calif. Blackmon was instrumental in the execution of nine high profile Theater Security Cooperation events in SOUTHCOM.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Sasse was commissioned through the Naval Academy in 1993, where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Sasse also holds a Master's of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master's of Art in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a qualified surface warfare officer.
His first sea assignment was in USS Deyo (DD 989) as Strike Officer and Auxiliaries Officer. He was subsequently assigned to Commander Destroyer Squadron 20. He later served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS HuÃ© City (CG 66). He served ashore as an Associate Fellow with the CNO Strategic Studies Group and as an Air Defense Instructor at Surface Warfare Officer School.
His first Reserve assignment was with Navy Reserve U.S. Forces Korea Detachment 102. He later served as Operations Officer for Navy Reserve Commander, Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Sixth Fleet Detachment 802. In that tour, he mobilized as the Joint Operations Center Team Chief for Commander, U.S. Central Command Headquarters. Sasse has also commanded Navy Reserve Commander, Destroyer Squadron 40 Detachment B and Navy Reserve Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic Detachment C.
Sasse's last command was as Commanding Officer, Navy Reserve U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime Air Operations Detachment Ft. Dix. He was responsible for coordinating Reserve support for U.S. Fleet Forces missions that include providing trained and equipped naval forces for combatant commanders and serving as the Naval Component to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Northern Command.