NORFOLK, Va. – The United States Navy promoted Darius Banaji to the rank of rear admiral lower half during a ceremony held on the front steps of the command’s historic building at Lafayette River Complex, Norfolk, Virginia on Oct. 3, 2016.
Banaji assumed command as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Atlantic, and Fleet Civil Engineer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, last July.
Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, delivered the oath of office for Banaji and presided over the ceremony.
Davidson commended the NAVFAC Atlantic command, noting that service is the day-to-day mission to build combat capability and readiness.
Following the oath, Banaji’s wife, Liz, placed his one-star shoulder boards on him during the promotion ceremony and Retired Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, a former commander, NAVFAC Atlantic, presented him with his new military cover.
Banaji expressed thanks to his family for the support he received during the course of his military career, in particular his Parents and to his sister, the latter who was able to attend the ceremony from her home in Washington state. Banaji also spoke about the mentors who helped shape his career.
“My success is your success!” said Banaji.
Capt. Banaji is a native of Bellevue, Wash. and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. Banaji received his commission as an ensign in May 1987 after completing Officer Candidate School. He earned a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.