J. Paul Reason

Military Person from United States of America

J. Paul Reason Joseph Paul Reason (born in Washington, D.C. on 22 March 1941) was Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet from 1996 to 1999. Earlier in his career, as a commander, he was naval aide to the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, from December 1976 to June 1979. In 1996, Reason became the first, and to date only African-American officer in the United States Navy to become a four-star admiral. The son of Joseph Reason, a professor of romance languages and director of libraries at Howard University, and his wife, Bernice, a high school teacher of biology, Reason grew up in a multiracial environment, living from 1944 in a home on Girard Street, NE, in Washington, DC. He participated in an integrated Boy Scout Troop and attended McKinley Technology High School, spending a period every summer at a camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. In 1957-58, during his senior year in High School, Reason became interested in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, but was not selected although he ranked second out of 300 applicants. Following this rejection, he spent his freshman year at Swarthmore College, his sophomore year at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), and his  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
Washington, D.C.
United States of America


Institution From To
United States Naval Academy
Lincoln University
Howard University
Naval Postgraduate School
Naval Nuclear Power School

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