combs1.jpg (38475 bytes) NAME: Rear Admiral Osie V. Combs
Deputy Commander for Submarines

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Rear Admiral Combs is Deputy Commander for Submarines, SEA 92, Naval Sea Systems Command. From November 1997 to July 1998, Rear Admiral Combs was Vice Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, (SPAWARSYSCOM), San Diego. In this assignment, he was second in command and assists the commander in providing direction, development, acquisition and life cycle management of command, control, communication, computers and intelligence (C4ISR) and Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT21).

In his former duties as Chief Engineer Space and Warfare Systems Command (SPAWARSYSCOM), March 1996 to November 1997, he was responsible for the total platform integration of C4ISR and surveillance systems for the Navy, Marine Corps and selected joint programs. From March 1995 to March 1996, Rear Admiral Combs served as the Program Director for C4ISR Systems.

Prior to reporting to SPAWARSYSCOM, Rear Admiral Combs served as Program Manager for the SEAWOLF Attack Submarine Program from 1992 to 1995. There, he was responsible for the design, development and construction of the Navy's most technologically advanced submarine. From 1985-1988, he served as Program Manager for the SEAWOLF's Large Scale Vehicle (LSV), an autonomous submarine; from 1988-1990, he was the Assistant Program Manager for Design and Construction of the SEAWOLF; from 1990-1992 he served as Program Manager's representative and Project Officer for construction of the lead SEAWOLF at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair at Groton, Connecticut.

Rear Admiral Combs was the Assistant Project Officer for the construction of LOS ANGELES (SSN 688) class submarines at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair in Newport News, Virginia, from 1981-1983. He was assigned to Norfolk Naval Shipyard from 1977-1981. At Norfolk, he served in several key positions including: Surface and Submarine Ship Superintendent, Surface and Submarine Ship Type Deck Officer and backup Docking Officer. During this tour, Rear Admiral Combs completed his qualifications in submarines (Engineering Duty).

Rear Admiral Combs has had three at sea assignments: Repair Officer onboard USS PROTEUS (AS-19) (1983-1985); Assistant Boilers Officer in USS CORAL SEA (CV-43) (1971-1974); and onboard USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624) (Gold) (1980) for Engineering Duty Officer qualifications.

An alumnus of Texas City High School, in Texas, Rear Admiral Combs graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1971 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. From 1974-1977, he attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Naval Engineer professional degree (Naval Architecture). He also attended the Program Manager's Course at the Defense Systems Management College and the Program for Executives at Carnegie Mellon University.

Some of his more noted awards include Outstanding Senior Engineer, from Prairie View A&M and Oustanding Student Engineer of the Year from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. In 1990, Rear Admiral Combs was nationally recognized as the Outstanding Engineer of the Year for Technical Excellence by Career Communications Group. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation with two bronze stars, the Navy "E" Ribbon with second Battle "E", the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Sea Service Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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