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Admiral T. Joseph Lopez is one of two flag officers in the history of the U.S. Navy who have achieved four-star rank after direct commission from enlisted service. His principal assignments during his Naval career included tours as both Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Commander in Chief Allied Forces, Southern Europe from 1996-1998.

In 1996 he commanded all U.S. and Allied Bosnia Peace Forces. He served in 1993-1996 as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments and in 1992-1993 commanded the U. S. Sixth Fleet. During his career, Admiral Lopez won numerous medals and honors, including two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, three Legion of Merits, the Bronze Star (Combat V), three Navy commendation Medals (Combat V), and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Admiral Lopez is the former President of Information Manufacturing Corporation (IMC), an information technology service integrator with more than 400 employees and corporate offices in Rocket Center, West Virginia and Oakton, Virginia.