President Joe Biden plans to nominate Carlos Del Toro to become Navy Secretary, the White House announced Friday.
Del Toro is a Havana native who came to the U.S. with his parents as refugees when he was young. He attended the Naval Academy and the Naval War College and served in the Navy for 22 years. He commanded the USS Bulkeley in 1998 and later served in several senior positions at the Pentagon.
He currently runs the IT and engineering firm he founded in Virginia.
“We must strengthen the readiness and capacity of the Navy and Marine Corps,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said Friday, according to The Hill. “Carlos Del Toro is uniquely well-qualified to address these challenges and help steer the Navy and Marine Corps in the right direction.”
DOD photo of USS Bulkeley by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donald R. White Jr.