Rear Admiral Janet Donovan to Serve as Grand Marshal of the Lakewood Fourth of July ParadeJune 23, 2016
Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers today announced that Rear Admiral Janet Donovan will serve as the Grand Marshal for the City’s Fourth of July parade. The parade is scheduled to step off on Monday, July 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on Lake Avenue at Kenneth Drive and conclude at Lakewood Park.
Rear Admiral Janet R. Donovan is the Deputy Judge Advocate General for Reserve Affairs and Operations and the Deputy Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. Admiral Donovan is a native of Lakewood, Ohio. She grew up on Arthur Avenue and attended Hayes Elementary School and Harding Middle School. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1976 and was inducted into the Lakewood High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013. Admiral Donovan is a 1983 graduate of The Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In 1980, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from The College of Wooster.
During her initial period of active service, Donovan served as Counsel to the Regional Physical Evaluation Board, and Senior Trial Counsel at Naval Legal Service Office, Great Lakes, Il.; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet; Legal Officer on board USS ACADIA (AD-42); and Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Amphibious Group 3.
Donovan transitioned to the Reserve Component in 1991. Since then, she has commanded Navy Reserve Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic 206 and Navy Reserve Appellate Review/NAVJAG 113. She also served in a wide variety of commands including United States Forces Korea; Naval Legal Service Office, Washington D.C.; The U S. Naval Academy, and the Office of the Judge Advocate, General Litigation Division.
Donovan was nominated to Flag rank in January 2012 while serving as the Navy Reserve Law Program Manager and Operational Support Officer, and as Force Judge Advocate, Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command. Donovan is the current Chair of the National Navy Reserve Policy Board, which provides advice to the Secretary of the Navy on policy matters affecting members of the Navy Reserve.
Donovan’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 gold stars).
“We are proud to have Rear Admiral Donovan serve as this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Mayor Mike Summers. “As Admiral Donovan prepares for her retirement later this year, we want to honor her service to our country and take pride in the fact that she is a Lakewood native.”
Joining in the parade will be musical favorites, the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band, St. Edward High School Band, the Lochaber Pipe Band and Red Hackle Pipe Band.
After the parade, festivities will continue in Lakewood Park with games, food, activities and information provided by several of Lakewood’s community organizations. At 7:00 p.m., the Lakewood Project, Lakewood High School’s Youth Rock Orchestra, will perform at the Bandstand at Lakewood Park.
The Fourth of July will conclude with Lakewood’s annual fireworks extravaganza at approximately 9:45-10:00 p.m.