The U.S. Navy is sending one of its top planners home to Holland Patent to help landlocked communities like it know what the Navy does at sea and around the world.
Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, most recently the Navy’s director of surface warfare, is due in Holland Patent next week on an assignment with the Office of Community
Outreach. The idea is to promote the Navy in places where it does not have a regular presence.
Boxall grew up in Holland Patent and still has family there and elsewhere in Oneida County.
On Monday, he’s scheduled to take part in the Memorial Day parade and remembrance at the Leon Roberts American Legion Post.
Tuesday, he heads to Cooperstown to meet with the mayor and join a presentation regarding the USS Cooperstown, a combat ship named in honor of veterans in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Then he’s back in Holland Patent Wednesday to meet with students at the high school.
Boxall’s parents, Pete and Barbara Boxall, live in Holland Patent. They plan to join in the events there, though probably not in Cooperstown, his father said.
Admiral Boxall’s most recent job involved planning the equipment needs for the surface Navy, including anticipating battles that might be fought for years to come and planning for new ships. Next week, he’s due to be promoted to vice admiral and begin a job with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Boxall has had a career of numerous at-sea and ashore assignments. Previously, he commanded ships and groups of ships, including Carrier Strike Group 3 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, and has had seagoing deployments in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans and served in combat operations in the Arabian Gulf and counter-narcotics operations off South America, according to his official Navy biographic sketch.
It all began by joining the Navy ROTC in college at Penn State, his father said. He’s lived in several states and now lives in northern Virginia, but he’s never complained about moving from post to post as is common in a military career, and talks about being on the high seas as a highlight of Navy life, his father added.
“ROTC, I believe, turned out to be a good option for him,” Pete Boxall said. “He’s been around the world about probably three or four times.”
Ron is home now and then, including for his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary — they’re celebrating their 60th this year. He doesn’t talk about his work much, his father said.
His family includes three brothers, Rick, Robert, and Randy. Robert, Ron’s twin, also made a career in the Navy, retiring recently as a medic. Randy, the youngest, served in the Marine Corps.
The elder Boxalls credit Ron’s wife, Wendy, for taking care of their two sons while Ron was deployed.
“The congratulations should go to his wife, who handled a lot of these situations when he was away. She did a phenomenal job,” Pete Boxall said.
Admiral Boxall also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a master of science degree in information systems, and later attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a master of arts in national security and strategic studies.
Boxall’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards. From Penn State, he received the 2016 Eberly College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award.