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Director, J-7, Joint Staff
Lieutenant General Flynn graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College, a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategy from the National War College. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff and the National War College.
Lieutenant General Flynn's command assignments include: Commanding Officer, HQ Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines; (1979-1980); Commanding Officer, L Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines (1980); Commanding Officer, P Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1984-1985); Commanding Officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1992-1993); Commanding Officer, Officer Candidates School (1999-2001), Commanding General, Training Command (2002-2004), Commanding General, Training and Education Command (2006-2007). Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2008-2011 ).
Lieutenant General Flynn's staff assignments include: Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer and S-4 A, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (1976-1979); Officer Selection Officer, Manchester, New Hampshire, (1981-1984), Operations Officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1985-1986), Plans Officer, Plans Policies and Operations Department, Headquarters Marine Corps (1987-1989); Junior Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (1989-1991); Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, 2d Marine Division (1991-1992); Future Operations Officer, III Marine Expeditionary Force (1994-1995); Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense (1995-1997); Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (1997-1998); Head, Strategic Initiatives Group, Headquarters Marine Corps (1998-1999); Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (2001-2002); Deputy Commanding General, Training and Education Command (2002-2004). Chief of Staff and Director, Command Support Center, United States Special Operations Command (2004-2006). Deputy Commanding General Multi-National Corps-Iraq (2008), Director for Joint Force Development, The Joint Staff J-7 (2011-).
Chief of Naval Operations
Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert is a native of Butler, Pa. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 and completed studies in nuclear power for service as a submarine officer.
His career as a submariner includes assignments aboard USS Flying Fish (SSN 673), USS Tautog (SSN 639), Submarine NR-1 and USS Michigan (SSBN 727 - Gold Crew), culminating in command of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) from March 1991 to July 1993. Subsequent fleet command assignments include Commander, Submarine Squadron 11; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet (August 2004 to September 2006); and, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (September 2007 to July 2009).
Greenert has served in various fleet support and financial management positions, including deputy chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8); deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. 7th Fleet; head, Navy Programming Branch and director, Operations Division Navy Comptroller. Most recently he served as 36th vice chief of naval operations (August 2009 to August 2011).
He is a recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Distinguished Service Medal (6 awards), Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit (4 awards). In 1992 he was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership. He considers those awards earned throughout his career associated with unit performance to be most satisfying and representative of naval service.
Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations Sep. 23, 2011.
Original host of Good Morning America
Over the last thirty years, David Hartman has produced, written and hosted many series of documentary programs for public television, the networks and cable. Subjects have included the U. S. Constitution, National Defense, Freedom in Russia and Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Award winning photojournalists, Aviation and Space and numerous American history retrospectives. These programs have earned many awards including two National News and Documentary Emmys, the Aviation and Space Writers Journalism Award, the Edgar Dale Award for writing and others.
Currently, Mr. Hartman co-writes and hosts a series of eleven programs about the city of New York for public television. He also hosts a dozen concerts, yearly, of the North Carolina Symphony orchestra on public radio and has substituted for Paul Harvey on ABC radio.
Hartman was the original host of Good Morning America in 1975. Over nearly twelve years he accumulated more than 5,000 hours of live television and over 12,000 interviews with subjects ranging from national and international leaders to families in the American heartland.
Hartman is an occasional guest lecturer at Princeton, Cornell and Duke Universities and at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Naval Air Museum (Pensacola) and the Air Force Flight Test Historical Foundation. He has served as National Chairman of the American Heart Association and is a former trustee of the Economic Club of New York, the African Wildlife Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America, theNational Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and The U.S Fund for UNICEF.
former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral Mullen was sworn in as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2007. He served as the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He commanded three ships: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG 56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20) and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48).
As a flag officer, Mullen commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group and the U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic. Ashore he has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy Staff. He was the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004.
His last operational assignment was as commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Mullen is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to becoming chairman, Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.
Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
Medal of Honor recipient
Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry is currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA with duties as a liaison officer for the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition—Northwest Region, providing oversight to wounded warriors, ill and injured service members and their families.
After graduating from Saint Catherine’s Indian High School in May 1998, Petry spent the next year working with his father and grandfather at Pecos Public Transportation working in the maintenance department and making signs at AI Signs.
In September 1999, Petry enlisted in the United States Army from his hometown in New Mexico, something he wanted to do since he was 7-years-old. Petry then volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment because of its reputable history.
After completion of One Station Unit Training, the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program – all at Fort Benning – Petry was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He served as a grenadier, squad automatic rifleman, fire team leader, squad leader, operations sergeant and a weapons squad leader.
He has deployed eight times in support of overseas contingency operations with two tours to Iraq and six tours to Afghanistan.
At the time of the May 26, 2008 combat engagement, Petry was a Staff Sergeant Squad Leader assigned to Co. D, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
Petry plans to retire from the Army after many more years of service. Petry enjoys serving in the Army, and has a great opportunity to work with the care coalition; in his words, "If I can’t go to the fight, I can help the men who are wounded, injured or ill."
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Combat Life Saver Course, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course, Jumpmaster Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course and Combatives Level One Course.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, the Parachutist Badge and Canadian Jump Wings.
He has also been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Valorous Unit Award, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.
Petry is currently attending Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, with plans for a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.
Under Secretary of the Navy
Robert O. Work was confirmed as the Under Secretary of the Navy on May 19, 2009. In this capacity, Work serves as the deputy and principal assistant to the secretary of the Navy and acts with full authority of the secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy. Work was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Illinois, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1974. During his 27-year career, Work held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard J. Danzig, 71st secretary of the Navy.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the senior fellow for maritime affairs, and later as the vice president for strategic studies. In these positions, he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs. He wrote and spoke extensively on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strategies and programs; directed and analyzed war games for the Office of Net Assessment and Office of the Secretary of Defense; contributed to Department of Defense studies on global basing and emerging military missions; and provided support for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
In addition, he studied and prepared several reports on future defense challenges, including the changing nature of undersea warfare, power projection against regional nuclear powers, and power projection against future anti-access/area denial networks. During this time, Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.
In late 2008, Work served on President Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team. In this role, he was the leader of the Department of the Navy issue team, and served on the defense policy, acquisition, and budget teams.
Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet
Vice Adm. Beaman, a native of Hammond, Ind., graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was commissioned through the NROTC Program in 1974. He was designated a naval flight officer in April 1975.
Beaman flew in the F-4J Phantom with Fighter Squadron (VF) 121 before transitioning to the F-14A Tomcat in 1976. His sea assignments include VF-32 (1976-79), and VF-33 (1986-88), embarked aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS America (CV 66) in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon, and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). During Operation Desert Storm, he served as officer in charge of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Detachment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and flew combat missions from the Persian Gulf. He commanded the VF-211 Fighting Checkmates (1995-96) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He was the assistant chief of staff for operations for commander, Carrier Group 7 (1998-99), and he assumed command of Carrier Air Wing 2 (2000-01) aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Beamanâ€™s shore tours include flag lieutenant and aide to Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (1979-81), VF-101 program manager for the squadron augmentation unit (1984-86), Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) where he served as maintenance officer, operations officer and executive officer (1988-92); U.S. Space Command, as chief, Global Engagement Division; and as commander, Space Control Center, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center (1996-98). Beaman was selected as a CNO Strategic Studies Group (SSG) Fellow for SSG XXI (2001-02) and was chief of staff to commander, Naval Air Forces (2002-04). He holds a Masterâ€™s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College at Newport, R.I. (1992-93). Beaman served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (1981-84).
Selected for flag rank in 2004, Beamanâ€™s first flag assignment was as commander, Naval Network and Space Operations Command in Dahlgren, Va., and was then subsequently appointed as the director of operations, Naval Network Warfare Command (2005-06). He assumed command of Strike Force Training Pacific in June, 2006 (2006-08). His next assignment was deputy chief of staff operations, Allied Joint Forces Command-Naples, Italy beginning in January 2008 (2008-2009). In September 2009 (2009-2011), he reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Command as deputy chief of staff Global Force Management, Joint Operations and Fleet/Joint Training (N3/N5/N7). In April 2011, he assumed command of U. S. 3rd Fleet, headquartered in San Diego.
Beaman has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours and 1,067 carrier landings. He wears the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Strike/Flight Air Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.
Director of Navy Staff
Vice Admiral Bird, the son of a career naval officer, lived throughout the United States during his childhood and ultimately settled in Pensacola, Fla., where he graduated from Pensacola Catholic High School. In 1977, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America and has completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI in Foreign Affairs, International Relations and National Security.
As a career submarine officer, Bird has served on both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. His assignments included, USS Seahorse (SSN 669), USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641), USS Sea Devil (SSN 664), USS Tunny (SSN 682), and USS Scranton (SSN 756) where he served as the commanding officer and was awarded the Naval Submarine League’s Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command, and earned the Submarine Squadron (CSS) 6 Battle Efficiency "E" for two consecutive years in 1994 and 1995. He commanded CSS-8 which included eight fast attack submarines in Norfolk, Va., from August 1999 to April 2001.
Ashore, Bird served as special assistant (Legislative Affairs) to the chief of naval personnel; principal assistant in the Office of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Undersea Warfare (Readiness and Tactics); division chief for Central, South and Southeast Asia (J5); the assistant deputy director for Political-Military Affairs Asia, J5, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the J3/J4 - director for Operations and Plans, Logistics and Engineering, United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), Norfolk, Va., Following a two year assignment as the 39th commander of Submarine Group 7, commander, Task Force 74, and commander Task Force 54 in Yokosuka, Japan, Bird assumed duties as the deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In July 2008, he became the 46th commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet.
Vice Admiral Bird assumed his current duties on September 30, 2010.
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8)
Vice Admiral John Terence Blake was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from the state of New York, he graduated in 1975. His sea duty assignments include: USS New (DD 818), USS Sarfield (DD 837), USS Joseph Strauss (DDG 16), USS John Young (DD 973), USS Chandler (DDG 996), USS Leahy (CG 16), and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
Blake commanded the destroyer USS O’Brien (DD 975), served on the 7th Fleet Staff as current operations and assistant chief of staff for Operations, commanded the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 11.
His shore duty assignments include: flag lieutenant to commander, Navy Recruiting Command; Naval Post Graduate School where he earned a masters degree in Finance; Navy Staff (N80) head, Sea Control Section and program manager for the Navy Shipbuilding account; National War College where he earned a masters degree in National Security; Joint Staff (J8) division chief and head of the Combat Identification Joint Warfare Capability Assessment Team; director, Programming Division (N80); director, Operations Division, Office of Budget in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management/Comptroller); director, Operations Division, Fiscal Management Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; deputy director for Resources and Acquisition on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J8) and deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Budget.
Blake is currently assigned as deputy chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources in Washington.
He is authorized to wear the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with four gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars and various service and campaign medals.
Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
Rear Admiral Brady assumed command of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in August 2010. Previous flag assignments included the commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center; the deputy director of Submarine Warfare (OPNAV N87B); and the deputy commander for Undersea Warfare (NAVSEA 07).
Since becoming a member of the Acquisition Professional Corps in 2000, he has served as C5I Deputy Design/Warfare Requirements Manager and, subsequently, the deputy program manager for the Virginia Class Submarine (PMS 450); the major program manager for Submarine Combat and Weapons Control (PMS 425); the executive assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and the major program manager for Advanced Undersea Systems (PMS 394).
His career as a submariner included assignments in USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN 644) (BLUE); USS Omaha (SSN 692); USS San Francisco (SSN 711); and USS Drum (SSN 677); culminating in command of USS Portsmouth (SSN 707).
Brady is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He also earned a Master’s in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Commander, Submarine Group TWO
Rear Admiral Breckenridge, a native of Marshfield, MA, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Following nuclear power training, he reported to USS Hammerhead (SSN 663) where he served in several division officer assignments and conducted one Mediterranean deployment (1984 to 1987). He served in USS Florida (SSBN 728) (GOLD) as the navigator/operations officer (1990 to 1993) supporting five strategic deterrent patrols. Breckenridge served as executive officer in USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) (1995 to 1997) conducting two North Atlantic deployments. In command of USS Memphis (SSN 691) from 2001 to 2004, his crew conducted numerous tactical development exercises and fleet operations including a 2003 deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Breckenridge’s most recent afloat command was commander, Submarine Squadron Four, responsible for 10 submarines representing all three attack submarine classes.
Ashore, Breckenridge has been assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, (1988 to 1989) and the Submarine Warfare Division of the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (1994 to 1995). From 1998 to 2000, Breckenridge served in the immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense providing direct support to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Deputy Secretary John J. Hamre. More recently, he served as the special assistant to the Director, Naval Reactors from 2004 to 2006, and the Chief of Staff, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate (J8) on the Joint Staff from 2008 to 2009. He also served in the Deputy Director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87) on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations from 2009 to 2011. He is currently assigned as Commander, Submarine Group Two.
Breckenridge holds master’s degrees in Engineering Acoustics and Electrical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School.
Breckenridge’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various campaign and unit awards.
former President and CEO, AFCEA International and former Deputy Commander, U.S. Space Command
Proud of his Texas heritage, but wanting to see the world, VADM Browne enlisted in the Navy in 1964; and see the world he did.
Trained as a Naval Flight Officer, he commanded two attack aircraft squadrons; two ships, including the aircraft carrier, USS John F Kennedy; a Carrier Battle Group; and the U.S. Third Fleet. He deployed to Viet Nam in the 60s; the Mediterranean and the Caribbean in the 70s; the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the 80s; the Red Sea and Pacific Ocean in the 90s.
Ashore, he commanded Naval Space Command. When he retired in October 2000, he was Deputy US Space Command. His assignments in space were key to his choice of C4I (command and control, communication computers and intelligence) as his profession in the private sector.
After his retirement from the Navy, VADM Browne spent one year at GRCI, an AT&T company.
In October 2001, he was asked to join AFCEA International as President and CEO. During his five and one-half years at the helm of AFCEA, VADM Browne charged the association to provide great service to both government and the information technology (IT) community. The association remains the IT professional’s association of choice. During his tenure, the association membership grew, annual revenue increased 80% and over $6,000,000.00 in scholarships was awarded to students enrolled in technology curricula.
Since retiring from AFCEA in March 2007, VADM Browne has remained active on C4I advisory boards and panels for the Navy (N-6), Air Force Research Lab (VS), MITRE Corporation, Georgia Tech Research Institute, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the American Small Business Coalition.
He and his wife, Jill, are active horsemen and are members of several horse related associations. They support AFCEA International, the US Navy League, and the Association of Naval Aviation.
While serving in the Navy, Vice Admiral Browne was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal, The Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. For his work with the Intelligence Community, he received the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Medal of Distinguished Service and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Medallion for Excellence. In 2004, he was selected to the “The Federal 100” for his support of government/industry partnerships.
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4)
Vice Admiral Burke, a native of Hornell, N.Y., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. In 1985, he completed an MBA at Marymount University. In 1999, he earned an MS in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of MIT Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.
His submarine assignments include USS Lafayette(SSBN 616), USS Key West (SSN 722), USS Omaha(SSN 692), USS Cavalla(SSN 684), and command of USS Toledo(SSN 769). He commanded Submarine Squadron 2 from July 2001 to July 2003.
His Washington D.C. shore assignments include a tour in chief of naval operations' Attack Submarine Division, assistant deputy for House Liaison in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, chief of Training, Doctrine, and Assessment and assistant deputy director for Combating Terrorism (JCS J34), and head of Warfighting Assessments Branch (N812) followed by a tour as the executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations.
Promoted to rear admiral in September 2005, his flag assignments include commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific / commander, Task Force 73 / commander Navy Region Singapore; director, Assessment Division (N81/N00X) and the director, Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR/N00X).
In April 2010 he was promoted to vice admiral and reported for duty as deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4).
Burke wears the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medals (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). While on board Cavalla, he received the Admiral Chick Clarey Award for the 1992 Outstanding Navy Officer Afloat from the Honolulu Council of the Navy League.
Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence
Rear Admiral Burroughs is a 1981 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in
Mechanical Engineering. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1982.
Additionally, Burroughs received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from
the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.
Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Nathan Hale (SSBN 623), USS Honolulu (SSN
718), and USS Finback (SSN 670), deploying to the Western Pacific and Mediterranean, as well
as conducting four strategic deterrent patrols. Ashore he served at the Nuclear Power Training
Unit, Ballston Spa, N.Y., CINCLANTFLT Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board in Norfolk, Va., and
on the staff of the assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller in
Burroughs assumed command of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) in December 1999 where he
served until June 2002. In command, he deployed to the South Atlantic and conducted a major
shipyard maintenance period.
Burroughs’ acquisition assignments include assistant program manager for Unmanned Undersea
Vehicles (PMS 403), program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA) and major program manager for the SOF Undersea Mobility Program, (PMS 399). He
served as chief engineer for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR 5.0)
from August 2008 until March 2010.
Burroughs has received various personal and campaign awards including the Legion of Merit (two
awards) and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards).
Editor in Chief, Military.com
Ward Carroll is the editor of Military.com. During his 20-year Navy career he served in four different F-14 squadrons based at NAS Oceana and was the operations officer for Carrier Air Wing One. He was editor of Approach magazine and is currently a contributing editor for Naval Aviation News. His three books about a Tomcat pilot -- Punk's War, Punk's Wing, and Punk's Fight -- have been widely praised for their realistic portrayals of a Naval Aviator's life. His latest novel, Militia Kill, was recently published by Signet.
President, Global Strategies & Transformation
Paul Giarra leads Global Strategies & Transformation, a professional services firm and consultancy providing national security strategic analysis, defense concept development, military transformation expertise, and applied history as a planning tool. Previously he was a Senior Program Manager and Director of the Global Strategies and Transformation Program at Hicks and Associates, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation where, among other important responsibilities, he led analyst and data collection teams at U.S. Northern Command and NATO Allied /command Transformation. He is a strategic planner and security analyst for Japan, China, East Asian, and NATO futures. His is an interagency community expert and Navy Senior Subject Matter Expert, and a U.S. Naval War College Maritime Strategy “Greybeard”. As a military transformation expert, he has supported transformation and experimentation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, at U.S. Joint Forces Command, at NATO Headquarters, and at NATO Allied Command Transformation. Mr. Giarra has moderated, designed, and led seminars, workshops, and war games for a variety of U.S. government clients. Mr. Giarra is a frequent panelist and commentator on Asia security and regional political, economic, technology, energy, and security futures, and the parallel transformation of the U.S. military. During his Naval career, Mr. Giarra was a Naval aviator; a naval strategic planner; and a political-military strategic planner for Far East, South Asia and Pacific issues; and managed the U.S.-Japan alliance in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
1998 to 2008, Mr. Giarra was a Senior Program Manager and Deputy Operations Manager and Director of the Global Strategies and Transformation Program in the Strategic Assessment Center, part of Hicks and Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation. Asia strategic planner with a superb reputation for highly valued analysis and insights throughout the Asia-Pacific policy community. Leading analyst of East Asian security developments and futures. A data collection and analysis expert. An interagency community expert and Navy Senior Subject Matter Expert. Maritime Strategy “Greybeard”. Responsible for long-range planning, wargaming, and strategic operational and technical capability assessments for U.S. government clients. Managed teams in support of transformation and experimentation at U.S. Northern Command, and at NATO Allied Command Transformation, and is the lead on support for NATO ACT concept development and experimentation. He designs and executes seminars, workshops, and war games for a variety of U.S. and allied government clients. He concentrates on regional political, economic, technology, energy, and security futures, and the parallel transformation of the U.S. military, employing wargaming extensively as an analytical tool. Mr. Giarra also conducts weapons system analysis and explores technology futures for U.S. government clients.
1996 to 1998, Mr. Giarra established a private consulting firm focusing on Japan issues, providing analytical support for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; the Institute for Defense Analyses; the Center for Naval Analyses; the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization; and Science Applications International Corporation. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies of the U.S. National Defense University.
U.S. Navy, 1972-1995 During his Naval career, Mr. Giarra was a Naval aviator, naval strategic planner, and a political-military strategic planner for Far East, South Asia and Pacific issues.
From 1991 to 1995, Paul Giarra was the Senior Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He led the interagency in the DoD effort to restructure U.S. national security policy toward Japan during a period of profound transition. Bringing together the interagency policy and intelligence communities, he instigated a policy program of intensified dialogue with Japan, rejuvenating flagging Japanese confidence in the American security commitment and restoring U.S. influence. His efforts led to significantly enhanced cooperation between the CIA and the Department of Defense, and established the baseline for intelligence estimates and collection plans. He established the U.S.-Japan Theater Missile Defense Working Group, and led the U.S.-Japan Initiative for Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye, culminating in the 1996 Tokyo Security Summit. When he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, his achievements were described as "of historic significance" by Secretary of Defense William Perry.
From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Giarra was assigned to the Strategic Concepts Group (OP-603) on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, responsible for the formation of global naval strategy and policy, strategic wargaming, regional strategy, and Navy strategic planning in Asia. He conducted extensive staff and functional coordination with the national interagency and international strategy communities, and was the CNO Staff lead for Global War Game 1988, 1989, and 1990. He was awarded the Navy Meritorious Service Medal for his leading role in re-orienting Navy strategic and programmatic priorities at the end of the Cold War.
former Chief Information Officer and G6 and Director, Network Enabled Operational Support, Deloitte and former Chief Information Officer, U.S. Army
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello serves as Director to Deloitte Consulting LLP where he continues to build, promote and deliver expertise to meet ongoing and emerging needs, focusing on network-enabled operation support initiatives primarily within the defense sector.
Peter brings more than 38 years of operational Cyber, C4 and IT experience including CIO and G6 leadership of the U.S. Army’s 1.2 million-person organization and a $5.6 billion annual IT budget. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was the vice president for business strategies with Lockheed Martin and worked the combat support systems (CS-S) IT business area with the executive responsibility for developing CS-S area strategies and assisting in program development and oversight of new CS-S business opportunities.
Before retiring from the United States Army, Peter served as the Chief Information Officer and G6 where he successfully led the Army’s most intensive IT changes in more than a century. He launched the first ever enterprise-wide portal (www.us.army.mil), which provides profiled universal access to corporate Army knowledge, a portal that continues to serve 1.8 million users, while being fully dedicated to directing the Army’s Command, Control, Communication and Computers as it relates to National security and defense. He was also the Department of Defense (DoD) lead in consolidation and coordination of all biometrics security programs while establishing and supervising the Network Enterprise and Technology organization.
Peter previously served as the Chief of Signal and Commandant of the U.S. Army Signal Center and School, where he was responsible for the recruiting, training, retaining and assigning of the 69,000 military and 16,000 civilian signal personnel in the Active, Guard and Reserve.Some of his notable awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Service Star), Vietnam Service Medal (two Bronze Service Stars), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (second award), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Signal Badge, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge, Army Superior Unit Award, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Peter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Canisius College and his Masters in Business Administration (Operations Research and Systems Analysis) from the Florida Institute of Technology. His military education includes the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Radio Systems Officer Course, Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College, and Army Research Associate Fellowship Program.
Assistant Commandant, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Chief Information Officer and Director, Coast Guard Cyber Command, Pre-Commissioning Detachment
Rear Admiral Robert E. Day Jr. assumed the duties as the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology and the Director, Coast Guard Cyber Command, Pre-Commissioning Detachment on July 2010. Rear Admiral Day graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1980. His first tour of duty was in Portland, Maine where he served aboard Cutter Duane as the Damage Control Assistant until April 1982. RDML Day was then assigned to CG Headquarters, Washington D.C. as the Electronics Project Officer for the construction of the 270 foot Medium Endurance Cutters and 110 foot Island Class Patrol Boats.
In 1986, RDML Day attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management and was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Communications Award for graduating first in his class.
From June 1988 to May 1992, RDML Day was assigned as the Telecommunications Officer for the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington. During this tour, he performed extensive temporary duty including assignment as the Administrative Officer to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Exxon Valdez disaster. In 1992, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, Communications Station Boston, where he prepared the facility for remote operations under the Communication System 2000 project. Again, he performed numerous temporary duty assignments including Communications Officer for the Harbor Defense Command assigned to Port Au Prince Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy.
From June 1995 until May 1999, he was assigned as the Chief of Planning and Budget for the Electronics Systems Division at Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific.
From June 1999 until June 2002, RDML Day commanded the Coast Guard's largest Electronic Support Unit, ESU Boston. During this tour he and his command provided electronics and communications support to the John F. Kennedy Jr. aircraft crash, the Egypt Air 900 air disaster, and the response to the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attack.
From July 2002 until May 2007, Rear Admiral Day was assigned as the Chief of Pacific Area's Command, Control, and Communications Division in Alameda, CA. Additionally, RDML Day traveled throughout the Pacific Rim as a key United States representative to the North Pacific CG Forum.
From June 2007 until June 2009, he served as the Deputy and eventually the Commander of Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific.
Rear Admiral Day's military awards include two Legion of Merit, three CG Meritorious Service Medals, the 9-11 medal, three CG Commendation Medals, Letter of Commendation, and six Meritorious Team Awards.
Commander, Carrier Strike Group, ELEVEN
Rear Admiral Peter Aguon Gumataotao, is a native of Sinajana, Guam. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
A surface warfare officer, RDML Gumataotao has deployed extensively to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf. His assignments include USS Bagley (FF 1069), USS Worden (CG 18) and USS Reuben James (FFG 57), which was one of two ships that accompanied U.S. Pacific Fleet on an historic port visit to Vladivostok, Russia in 1990. At Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 he participated in numerous towed array sonar research and development projects. During his executive officer tour in USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), he assumed command while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. He also commanded USS Decatur (DDG 73) and was the current operations officer for U.S. Pacific Fleet. His most recent afloat command was commodore of DESRON-31, where he oversaw eight guided missile destroyers and frigates in Pearl Harbor.
Ashore he served as the assistant surface operations officer and surface systems analysis officer at U.S. 3rd Fleet, where he oversaw the only open ocean Tomahawk Anti-Ship Missile live test shot conducted in the Pacific Fleet. RDML Gumataotao’s other shore tours include: a fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group at the Center for Naval Analysis in Washington, DC; the congressional liaison for Surface Programs at the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; and chief of division for Current Operations for the Pacific Command headquarters. His most recent assignment was as chief of staff for Naval Surface Forces.
His first flag assignment was commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK), as the U.S. Navy representative for U.S. Pacific Fleet in Korea. He was also Task Force-78 for U.S. 7th Fleet, and the naval component commander for United Nations Command and naval component commander for U.S. Forces Korea. In addition, he was the deputy naval component commander for Combined Forces Command and regional commander for Navy Installations Command.
RDML Gumataotao assumed his duties as commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN, November 10, 2011.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and Battle Efficiency Ribbon (two awards). He was also the recipient of the first Admiral Zumwalt Award for visionary leadership in 2001.
Associate Professor, Stategice Research Department, U.s. Naval War College and editor, Chinese Aerospace Power, Evolving Maritime Roles
Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a founding member of the department’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He is an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2008-). During academic year 2010-11, he was a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program.
From 2008-11, he was a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, and served as a scholar escort on a five-Member Congressional trip to Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shanghai. He has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University, and has lectured extensively at academic and government institutions in the United States and Asia. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He has also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea. Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and political science. His research, which focuses on Asia-Pacific defense, foreign policy, and technology issues, has been published widely in such journals as Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, The American Interest, and Joint Force Quarterly. Erickson is coeditor of, and a contributor to, the Naval Institute Press book series, "Studies in Chinese Maritime Development," comprising China’s Strategy for the Near Seas (forthcoming), Chinese Aerospace Power (2011), China, the U.S., and 21st Century Sea Power (2010),China Goes to Sea (2009), China’s Energy Strategy (2008), and China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007); as well as the Naval War College Newport Paper China’s Nuclear Force Modernization. He is also co-founder of China Sign Post, a research newsletter and web portal that covers key internal developments in China, its use of natural resources, its trade policies, and its military and security issues.
Fire Control Officer on C-130L Harvest HAWK, VMGR- 352
Captain Hatala graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in Neuroscience. From 2008 to 2011 he flew AV-8B Harriers with Marine Attack Squadron 311 in Yuma, Arizona. He has served as a schedule writer, Aviation Safety Officer, Landing Signals Officer, Crew Resource Management Instructor, and has deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He is currently a Fire Control Officer on the Marine Corps’ new C-130J Harvest Hawk with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 at MCAS Miramar.
former Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy and Director, NDU Press, National Defense University
Effective June 20, 2011, Mr. Hoffman is serving at the National Defense University as a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for National Strategic Studies. He directs the NDU Press operations which includes the journals Joint Force Quarterly and PRISM. From August of 2009 to June 2011, he served in the Department of the Navy as a senior executive as the Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Hoffman began his public service career when he was commissioned out of the NROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a 2ndLt, USMC. From 1978-1983, after graduating both the Basic School and Infantry Officer Course as an honor graduate, he served in a variety of line and staff positions in the Second and Third Marine Divisions. In between tours in the Fleet Marine Force, he was the Adjutant, Company Commander and Head Tactics Instructor at the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune.
In 1983 he was assigned to the then Requirements and Programs Division at HQMC. Frank served as a Defense Systems Analyst, Force Structure analyst and Supervisory Resource Analyst at Headquarters Marine Corps until 1991. During this time he was responsible for Marine force structure and manpower studies and analyses. In his tours in R&P, he served as editor of the Marine Corps annual document Concepts & Issues.
In 1992 Frank transferred to Quantico, where he served as a program analyst for the Training and Education Command. Here he was responsible for successfully introducing ground simulators into the Marine Corps. After graduating from the Naval War College with highest distinction in 1994 he transferred to the Studies and Analysis Division at Quantico as their historical analyst, and represented the Marine Corps on the Defense Science Board and at the Commission on Roles and Missions in 1995.
Up to 1998, Frank continued to serve at Quantico as the national security analyst and Director of the Marine Strategic Studies Group. As a Marine Reservist he also worked at the HQMC Strategic Initiatives Group at the same time. In 1999 Frank was named to the National Security Study Group which was the professional staff supporting the U.S. National Security Commission for the 21st Century. There at the Hart-Rudman Commission Frank was responsible for crafting the Commission's future security assessment, military strategy, and homeland security recommendations which eventually were implemented with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
That appointment was concluded in 2001, and Frank returned to work at Quantico as a strategic planner and concept developer for the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. He served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, where he was responsible for leading and conducting assessments and developing concept papers on future threats and emerging opportunities. While at Quantico, Frank authored numerous Marine concepts on distributed operations, urban ops, and hybrid threats, as well as contributing to the Marine Corps newest vision and strategy, and penning chapters to the Army/Marine Corps COIN doctrine. While at Quantico he worked with Joint Forces Command and our British, Australian and Israeli partners on alternative futures, concepts, and a number of wargames and experimentation activities.
He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in the summer of 2001 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.
In addition to his formal duties, he has lectured extensively at institutions in the United States, the Middle East and Europe. He has authored one book (Decisive Force; The New American Way of War, Praeger, 1996), over 100 essays and articles, and frequently contributes to Orbis, Joint Force Quarterly, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Parameters, the Naval Institute Proceedings and Marine Corps Gazette.
former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and Principal, WC Gregson & Associates, Inc.
The Honorable Wallace "Chip" Gregson was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs May 13, 2009. From 2006 until assuming the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Lieutenant General Gregson (USMC, Retired) was owner and president of WCG & Associates International, a foreign policy and military affairs consulting organization.
Previously General Gregson served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee. From 2003 to 2005, he was Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he led and managed over 70,000 Marines and Sailors in the Middle East, Afghanistan, East Africa, Asia and the United States. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Commanding General of all Marine Corps forces in Japan, where he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, the Gold and Silver Star, and the Korean Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal. Prior to his time in Japan he was Director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 to 2000. He has served in the Marine Corps since his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1968. A combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he earned the Bronze Star with Combat "V" device for valor and heroism, and was also awarded the Purple Heart.
General Gregson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Pacific Council on International Policy; the International Institute for Strategic Studies; the U.S. Naval Institute; and the Marine Corps Association.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Master's degrees in Strategic Planning from the Naval War College and International Relations from Salve Regina College. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by the University of Maryland University College.
Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy
Terry Halvorsenwas appointed in November 2010 to serve as the Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this capacity, he is the DON’s senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources Management (IRM). He develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards and guidance, and provides process transformation support for the entire DON. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Department’s objectives and vision. Mr. Halvorsen also serves as the Department’s Cyber/IT Workforce Community Leader, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and the Senior Military Component Official for Privacy and Civil Liberties.
Prior to becoming the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in this position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to this, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He provided leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel, supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 computer network users, all globally dispersed. In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management. Mr. Halvorsen was directly involved in establishing governance structure, processes and mechanisms to optimize over $8 billion in Navy resources.
Mr. Halvorsen entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 as the Executive Director, Naval Personnel Development Command. Mr. Halvorsen was selected as the Director of Task Force Excel Atlantic, charged with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy training. He also served as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education CIO and Acting Executive Director, Naval Education and Training Command.
Mr. Halvorsen entered Federal Civil Service in 1985 as the Curriculum Instructional Standards Officer for Navy Cryptology Training. He has held numerous positions in the training community to include Deputy for C41 Training, Director Training Policy and Standards, and Director of Assessment, where he was one of the principal architects of the Navy's training reengineering efforts.
He graduated with honors from Widener University with a degree in History. He was a distinguished military graduate and a George C. Marshall award winner. Following graduation, Mr. Halvorsen was commissioned a Regular Army 2LT in May 1980 and later obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of West Florida.
Mr. Halvorsen's served several active and reserve tours with the Army, and was recalled to active duty numerous times in support of Operation Just Cause, Desert Storm and Joint Task Forces in Central and South America.
F/A-18 Instructor Pilot, VMFAT-101
LT Kohlmann currently serves as a F/A-18 Hornet instructor pilot at VMFAT-101 in San Diego, CA. Prior to this current assignment, he was a member of the VFA-41 Black Aces, flying Super Hornets out of NAS Lemoore, CA. While assigned to the Black Aces, he made two deployments aboard the USS Nimitz as a part of Carrier Air Wing Eleven. He flew 32 combat missions over Afghanistan on the second deployment, and served as Special Projects Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Schedules Officer and Public Affairs Officer during his tenure.
LT Kohlmann is a 2004 honors graduate of Northwestern University, where he was an active member of his fraternity and student government. He has accumulated over 1,400 flight hours and 360 arrested landings. He is also the founder and CEO of Innovatio, an organization dedicated to bringing military junior officers and young entrepreneurs together to create unorthodox solutions to public policy issues.
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Vice Adm. Hunt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. He was commissioned in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School Program in Newport, R.I. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.
Hunt served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053). As commanding officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) from August 1993 to May 1995, deployed as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Korean Contingency Operations. Following his command tour, he served as assistant chief of staff for Operations and Plans for commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice to the Mediterranean Sea/Arabian Gulf as part of the George Washington Battle Group.
He served as commanding officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and Air Warfare commander for the Enterprise Battle Group from December 1999 to July 2001. In July 2005, he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 6. Additionally, he served as commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007, and commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet from June 2009 to April 2011. He became commander, Naval Surface Forces, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in June 2011.
Shore assignments include: assistant professor Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit, "The" Ohio State University; Communications Systems officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), Joint Staff; executive assistant to director Surface Warfare (N86); executive assistant to deputy chief of staff of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments (N8), and executive assistant to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He additionally served as deputy director, Strategy & Policy, Joint Staff (J5) and director, Programming Division (N80), Navy Staff.
Personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service medals and unit awards
Director, International Air Defense, Raytheon Missile Systems
CAPT Dan Moore, USN (Ret.) served 29 years with more than 20 years as a fleet light attack and fighter-attack pilot on both coasts and for six deployments. He commanded “The Sunliners” of VFA-81 and the NROTC Chicago Consortium of Northwestern University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Prior to Chicago he served in Washington, DC and Quantico, Virginia in the Office of Secretary of Defense, Operational Test and Evaluation; Navy Staff – Executive Assistant to the Director; Air Warfare (N-78), Joint Chiefs of Staff J-7, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program/Analytical Program Office; and was the senior Navy officer at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. He joined Raytheon Missile Systems in 2006 as a strategic planner for the Air-to-Air Missile Product line and is currently the Director, International Air Defense for Raytheon Missile Systems. While on active duty several of his articles were published by Proceedings. AFCEA/USNI selected two of these articles as “the best article about naval aviation in any publication” for the years 1995 and 2001.
Commanding Officer, USS CHIEF (MCM-14)
Lieutenant Commander Micah D. Murphy hails from Wheaton, IL and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance and Business Economics. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) in 2007.
At sea, Lieutenant Commander Murphy's Division Officer assignments included San Diego-based USS KINKAID (DD 965), USS FLETCHER (DD 992) and USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) as First Lieutenant, Communications Officer, Electronics Material Officer and Fire Control Officer. He then served as the Operations Officer aboard USS MOMSEN (DDG 92) in Everett, WA and Executive Officer of rotational crew MCM Crew EXULTANT embarked in USS DEXTROUS (MCM 13), USS WARRIOR (MCM 10) and USS CHIEF (MCM 14).
Lieutenant Commander Murphy's personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and service ribbons.
Commander, Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
A 1978 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a northern Virginia native, Vice Admiral Myers recently completed two tours in Washington, as director, Warfare Integration/Senior National Representative (OPNAV N8F), and director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88). Prior to that he served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, where he commanded Expeditionary Strike Force 5th Fleet, Combined Task Force 50, Combined Task Force 152 and the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group during an extended deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom 2006/2007. Prior to that assignment, Myers served in flag tours as the senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy and deputy director for Requirements, Assessments Division (OPNAV N81D).
In August 2001 he completed command of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and deployed to the Western Pacific. Prior to that he commanded USS Sacramento (AOE 1). Sacramento deployed to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf with the Constellation Battle Group, and was awarded the Battle “E” and CNO Safety “S” under his command. In December 1994, he completed command of Fighter Squadron VF-32, flying F-14 Tomcats aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). VF-32 deployed to Bosnia and the Persian Gulf, and was awarded the Battle “E”, the Clifton Award and the Fleet Fighter Adversary Readiness Program Trophy under his command.
Prior squadron and sea tours include: VF-143; VF-14; VF-101 and VF-103. Tours ashore have also included: executive assistant to commander U.S. Fleet Forces; Organizational Policy Branch chief in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J-5, Joint Staff; deputy executive assistant to the chief of naval operations; chief staff officer, Fighter Wings Atlantic; and deputy special assistant to the chief of naval personnel for flag officer matters. He is a 1988 graduate of the Naval Command and Staff College, and holds master’s degrees in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College and Salve Regina University. Myers has accumulated more than 3,600 flight hours and over 900 arrested landings. Decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (eight awards); Meritorious Service Medal (two awards); Air Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), in addition to various campaign and unit awards.
Director, C4/Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps
BGen Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources.
After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group. During this tour, BGen Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.
In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer.
In 1988, BGen Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 1989, BGen Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.
In 1992, BGen Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island. In 1995, BGen Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment. In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.
In 1998, BGen Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management.
From 2000 to 2002, BGen Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island. From May of 2002 to July 2003, BGen Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
BGen Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy. Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF. In 2006, BGen Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff. From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA, and as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC. He is currently serving as the Director, C4/CIO and Deputy, MARFORCYBER for the Marine Corps.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with one gold star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries
Mike Petters is president and chief executive officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), America’s largest military shipbuilder.
Petters assumed this role on March 31, 2011, when Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding began operating as the newly formed and publicly owned Huntington Ingalls Industries in a spin-off from Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is also a member of the Huntington Ingalls Industries Board of Directors.
Petters is responsible for leading the design, construction and overhaul of conventionally-powered surface combatants, amphibious and auxiliary ships and nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, as well as business opportunities in adjacent markets. Prior to this appointment and since 2008, Petters served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Previous to this, he served as president for Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Petters joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the organization. These include production supervisor for submarines, marketing manager for submarines and for carriers, vice president for aircraft carrier programs, vice president for contracts and pricing, and vice president for human resources.
A native of Florida, Petters earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS George Bancroft and spent five years in the Naval Reserve. In 1993, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.
Petters was appointed by former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Naval Submarine League and is a member of both the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He also serves on the distinguished advisory board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and on the advisory council for the Naval Historical Foundation.
Director, Capabilities Development Directorate
Brigadier General O'Donohue graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in History and was commissioned in 1984. He is a distinguished graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the School of Advanced Warfighting, the National War College, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has Masters of Science Degrees in National Security Strategy and Manpower Management.
Brigadier General O'Donohue's command assignments include: Commanding Officer, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines (1993-1995), Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion 5th Marines (2002-2004), Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Regiment (2009-2010).
Brigadier General O'Donohue's staff assignments include: Ground Structure Planner, Headquarters Marine Corps (1988-1992); 8th Marines Operations Officer (1995); Operations Officer for Joint Task Force and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Liberia (1996); Tactics Instructor and Expeditionary Operations Program Director at the Amphibious Warfare School (1997-2000); Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division (2001-2002); Assistant Chief of Staff G-7 / Division Combat Assessment Officer (2004); Deputy Branch Head for the Secretary of the Defense's Office of Force Transformation (2005-2007); Branch Head, Ground Combat Element Branch, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps (2007-2008); Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 for 1st Marine Division (2008-2009); Director, Capabilities Development Directorate (2010- ).
He and his wife, Rani, have been married 27 years. They have 7 children: Erin, Sara, Danny, Michael, John, Mark, and Peter.
Specialist in Naval Affairs, Congressional Research Service and author of Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress
Mr. O'Rourke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, from which he received his B.A. in international studies, and a valedictorian graduate of the University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he received his M.A. in the same field.
Since 1984, Mr. O'Rourke has worked as a naval analyst for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He has written numerous reports for Congress on various issues relating to the Navy. He regularly briefs Members of Congress and Congressional staffers, and has testified before Congressional committees on several occasions.
In 1996, Mr. O'Rourke received a Distinguished Service Award from the Library of Congress for his service to Congress on naval issues.
Mr. O'Rourke is the author of several journal articles on naval issues, and is a past winner of the U.S. Naval Institute's Arleigh Burke essay contest. He has given presentations on Navy-related issues to a variety of audiences in government, industry and academia.
President, National Defense University
Vice Adm. Rondeau is the president, National Defense University (NDU), which is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. She assumed this post in July 2009.
Rondeau graduated with a degree in history in 1973 from Eisenhower College, where she was selected by the Board of Trustees as “Most Distinguished Graduate” and received the Groben Award for Leadership. She earned her commission in 1974 through Officer Candidate School. Subsequent assignments include Navy Staff in the NATO/Europe Section of the Strategy, Plans and Policy Division; Office of the Secretary of Defense as assistant for policy analysis; the Office of African Affairs; special assistant to the Attorney General for National Security Affairs as a White House Fellow; Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel as assistant for political-military analysis; military assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and, deputy chief of Staff for Shore Installations for Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Staff.
Rondeau’s early leadership tours include serving as the operations officer for VP-50, the executive officer for the FSS-1, the officer-in-charge of Military Sealift Command (MSC) Unit (New Orleans), and as a battalion officer at the U.S. Naval Academy. She has also held many senior command positions to include commanding officer, Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy, and at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn.; commander of Naval Training Center Great Lakes; and, subsequently as the first commander of Naval Service Training Command, which was established June 30, 2003. Following these tours, Rondeau assumed command of Naval Personnel Development Command in November 2004, and later became the director of Navy Staff in August 2005. In December 2006, she assumed duties as deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Rondeau is surface warfare qualified, training on both MSC Merchant Marine vessels and U.S. Navy combatants. She holds sub-specialty qualifications in political-military affairs, operations intelligence, operations analysis, strategy and planning, and military transportation. In addition, she was selected as a White House Fellow, a CNO Strategic Studies Group Fellow and as a permanent member of the Council of Foreign Relations. As president of NDU, she is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. institute for Peace, as well as Department of Defense liaison to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
She has a master's degree in comparative government from Georgetown University and a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University. In addition, she has been conferred an honorary doctoral degree in public service from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisc., and received the New York City USO 2008 Woman of the Year award. Rondeau is on the editorial board of the “Journal for Nonprofit Management.” She is also a licensed private pilot.
Her personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards).
Deputy Commanding General, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force
Major General Spiese was commissioned via the NROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.
After The Basic School, Major General Spiese was assigned to 3d Battalion, 4th Marines as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer with Company L, and served on the battalion staff. Upon return to CONUS, Major General Spiese was assigned to Marine Barracks, Naval Weapons Station, Concord, CA. In May of 1981 he was assigned to 3d Battalion, 9th Marines as the Commanding Officer of Company I and Battalion S-4. In May 1983 he was transferred to the NROTC Unit, Illinois Institute of Technology as the Marine Officer Instructor.
Leaving Illinois in June 1986, Major General Spiese was posted to Headquarters Marine Corps, serving as the Head of Regular Officer Procurement. Following his tour at Headquarters, he attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College, graduating in May of 1990. After graduation, Major General Spiese was transferred to Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan and was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 12 as the Assistant Operations Officer and Ground Combat Liaison.
Major General Spiese was assigned to 6th Marines in July of 1991 as the Executive Officer of 3d Battalion, then Regiment S-3. He assumed command of 2d Force Reconnaissance Company in December 1993. Upon relinquishing command in July 1995, Major General Spiese was reassigned to U.S. Special Operations Command, serving as a Policy Officer dealing with Counter Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Marine Corps matters. Upon his departure from USSOCOM, Major General Spiese attended Top Level School at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies as a Fellow in the Advanced Operational Arts Studies program. He remained a second year serving as a seminar leader for the Advanced Military Studies Program, a second year program for majors attending the Army Command and General Staff College.
Major General Spiese was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in June of 1999 as the Director, Tactical Training Exercise Control Group. He assumed command of the School of Infantry (East) in June of 2001, and was assigned as the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School upon relinquishing command in July of 2003. In March of 2005, Major General Spiese assumed the duties of Commanding General Training Command, Deputy Commanding General Training and Education Command.
Major General Spiese transferred to U.S. European Command and served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Assessments, in October 2005. He assumed Command of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA, in July 2007. He commanded Training and Education Command in Quantico, VA, from May 2008 to August 2010. His current assignment, as of September 2010, is Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Major General Spiese has been awarded three Legions of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. He is a Military Freefall Parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver.
Marine Officer Instructor, University of Missouri NROTC
Captain Autumn D. Swinford currently serves as Marine Officer Instructor at University of Missouri Naval ROTC in Columbia, Missouri.
Captain Swinford was commissioned through the NROTC program at Northwestern University in June 2004. She then attended The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and Logistics Officers Course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where she was the Class Honor Graduate.
In August 2005, Captain Swinford was assigned as First Platoon Commander, Combat Logistics Company-115, Combat Logistics Battalion-1 in August 2005. From February 2006 to September 2006, she was deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion-5 to Camp Fallujah, Iraq, for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07. As a Convoy Commander, she and her platoon completed over 70 Combat Logistics Patrols to Regimental Combat Team-5 units, Iraqi Police, and Iraqi Army units.
In October 2006, Captain Swinford was assigned as Assistant Operations Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion-13 (CLB-13), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). In April 2007, 13th MEU deployed for WESTPAC 07-01, and from June 2007 to September 2007, 13th MEU was deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. During 13th MEU’s time in Iraq, she was the Acting Operations Officer for CLB-13, planning and supervising all Battalion operations and the provision of direct combat logistics support for Battalion Landing Team, Third Battalion, First Marines (BLT 3/1), and other attached 13th MEU units.
In February 2008, Captain Swinford executed orders to Command Element, 13th MEU as the Assistant Logistics Officer. While at 13th MEU, she participated in Exercise NATIVE FURY in Aqaba, Jordan, from June-July 2008. From January to June 2009, she deployed with 13th MEU on WESTPAC 09-01. During that time, Captain Swinford planned and executed logistics support for training exercises in Hawaii, Guam, Djibouti, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Jordan. In addition, she was the lead logistics planner for 13th MEU’s participation in Combined Task Force 151 counterpiracy operations in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden.
Captain Swinford has earned a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honors) in American Culture Studies and American History from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Affairs from University of Missouri. She is also a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School (Distance Education Program).
AWARDS: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Second Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Third Award)
Assistant Wing Commander
Brigadier General Gregg A. Sturdevant currently serves as the Assistant Wing Commander, Third Marine Aircraft Wing.
Brigadier General Sturdevant is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1975 and served in southern California and Okinawa, Japan before being honorably discharged as a Sergeant in July 1979. He then returned to school receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in July 1982 and was commissioned through the Platoon Leader Class (PLC) program. Upon completion of The Basic School, he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1984.
He has served in the following operational squadrons: HMM-364, HMM-162, HMM-365, and was the commanding officer of HMM-165 from July 2001 to May 2003. Deployments include Unit Deployments to Okinawa, LF6F Deployments, 5th Fleet Deployments, and participation in OEF and OIF I. Additionally, he served as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida and did a tour with 2nd Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
His most recent operational assignment was as the commanding officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from May 2006 to May 2008. During that time the 26th MEU deployed in support of LF6F/LF5F and served as the landing force for the LPD-17 Operational Evaluation.
His major staff tours include duty at Headquarters Marine Corps in the Aviation Department's Plans, Policies, Joint Doctrine and Budget Branch (APP) where he served as the Landing Force Programs Officer focusing on rotary wing budget matters and a tour on the Joint Staff in the Operations Directorate where he served as an Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations.
He has served in the following General Officer assignments; Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps; Deputy Director for Operations, J-3 (NMCC-3), Joint Staff; and as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Program and Resources (Programs).
He attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (1987), earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy State University (1990), attended the Army Aviation Officer Advanced Course (1991), received a Masters Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1997), completed the Air Force Air War College (Non-resident program) (2000), and graduated from the National War College with a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy (2004).
Brigadier General Sturdevant's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Air Medal with a gold star, “V” and the number 2, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region
Brigadier General Yoo currently serves as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in 1984.
In March 1985, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant following completion of Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation from The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course, General Yoo reported to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, in April 1986. He was assigned duty with 2d Battalion, 9th Marines and served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Heavy Machine Gun Platoon Commander, Weapons Company Executive Officer, and a Rifle Company Commander.
After receiving orders overseas, he reported to 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, in May 1989. During this tour, he served as a Reconnaissance Platoon Commander and a Reconnaissance Company Commander. Returning from overseas in August 1991, General Yoo attended Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia. In May 1992, he was assigned duties as the Inspector-Instructor, Detachment, 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, in Reno, Nevada.
In June 1995, he was transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC. He served as an Action Officer in the National Plans Branch, Strategy and Plans Division and as the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans, Policies and Operations. In July 1998, General Yoo attended the Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In August 1999, he was assigned duty with the Current Operations Division, G3, II Marine Expeditionary Force and the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In March 2001, he was assigned duties as the Operations Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).
General Yoo commanded Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (East) from July 2002 to June 2004. Following this command tour, General Yoo spent a year as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University. In July 2005, he was transferred to the J-3, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, Washington, DC. Upon completion of Joint duty in May 2007, he was assigned duties as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, Operations Division, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
In July 2008, General Yoo assumed command of the 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division and Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. He deployed in support of OEF as the Commander, Regional Corps Advisory Command Central (RCAC-C) 3-7, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army (ANA) from July 2009 to April 2010. After redeploying from Afghanistan, he relinquished command of 4th Marines and Camp Schwab in June 2010. General Yoo then served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City.
In June 2011, he transferred to San Diego, California and assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a Marine Combatant Diver, a Military Freefall Parachutist, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
former Comptroller, Department of Defense
Dov S. Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton where he led the Firm’s support of U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide.
From 2001 to April 2004 he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense, serving as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on financial and budgetary matters, leading over 50,000 staff, developing and managing the world’s largest budgets, and negotiating five major defense agreements with US allies and partners. From 2002-2004 Dr. Zakheim was DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. He also helped organize the 2003 New York (UN) and Madrid Donors conferences for Iraq reconstruction.
From 1987 to 2001 he was both corporate vice president of System Planning Corporation, a technology and analysis firm based in Arlington, Va. and chief executive officer of its subsidiary, SPC International Corp. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Governor Bush.
From 1985 until March 1987, Dr. Zakheim was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), playing an active role in the Department's system acquisition, strategic planning, programming and budget processes. Dr. Zakheim held several other DOD posts from 1981 to 1985. Earlier, he was a principal analyst in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
Dr. Zakheim serves on numerous government, corporate, non-profit and charitable boards.
His membership of government boards and panels includes the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (1991-93); the Task Force on Defense Reform (1997); the Board of Visitors of the Department of Defense Overseas Regional Schools (1998-2001); Defense Science Board task forces on "The Impact of DOD Acquisition Policies on the Health of the Defense Industry" (2000) and “Urgent Operational Needs” (2009) and the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Board (2008-2010). He chairs the National Intelligence Council’s International Business Practices Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan; the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; the Council on Foreign Relations; and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a Senior Fellow of the Defense Business Board, on which he served from 2004-2010, and which he helped establish.
A 1970 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A., summa cum laude, Dr. Zakheim also studied at the London School of Economics. He holds a doctorate in economics and politics at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Dr. Zakheim was an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct Scholar of the Heritage Foundation. He has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., where he was Presidential Scholar. The author of a dozen books or monographs, and of numerous articles, Dr. Zakheim has lectured and provided print, radio and television commentary on national security policy issues domestically and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his government, professional and civic work, including the Defense Department’s highest civilian award in 1986, 1987 and 2004.