Gary Roughead
Gary Roughead is a retired United States Navy
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

 four-star admiral
Admiral (United States)
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 who last served as the 29th Chief of Naval Operations
Chief of Naval Operations
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 from September 29, 2007 to September 22, 2011. He previously served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
United States Fleet Forces Command
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, from May 17, 2007, to September 29, 2007. Prior to that he served as the 31st Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
United States Pacific Fleet
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, from July 8, 2005, to May 8, 2007. He retired from the Navy after 38 years of service.


Roughead graduated from high school at Valley Forge Military Academy (Wayne, Pennsylvania
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) in 1969. He is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
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 and a Surface Warfare Officer. His initial assignment was in the Weapons Department aboard the . This was followed by duty as Executive Officer on the patrol gunboats and , the former home-ported in Naples
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, Italy
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. He was the commissioning Chief Engineer aboard the and Executive Officer on the .

Tours ashore include assignments as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
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; the Surface Warfare Analyst at the Navy's Office of Program Appraisal; Administrative Aide to the Secretary of the Navy; Executive Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command; Commandant, United States Naval Academy; the Department of the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs; and most recently, Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

Roughead was the commissioning Commanding Officer of the Aegis destroyer , and, upon assuming command of the cruiser , he became the first naval officer to command both classes of Aegis ships. While he was in command, Port Royal was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
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 and received the Golden Anchor Award for excellence in retention and crew support programs. He was Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two and the Carrier Battle Group, deploying to the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
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 and Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
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. His latest assignment afloat was as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet and Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic and Commander, Naval Forces North Fleet East in Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
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; he was nominated to head the Fleet Forces Command on March 19, 2007.

On September 2, 2005, Roughead was a keynote speaker at the End of WWII Commemoration aboard the battleship Memorial on Ford Island
Ford Island
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 in Hawaii
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On September 29, 2007, he became the Chief of Naval Operations.

In August 2011, Roughead announced Rear Adm. Scott E. Sanders will be assigned as reserve deputy director for joint force development, J7, Joint Staff, Suffolk, Va.

Awards and decorations

Surface Warfare Officer Pin
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
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Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
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 with one golden Award star
Award star
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Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
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Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
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 with three award stars
Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (United States)
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 with 1 award star
Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medal with award star
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
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Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 3 bronze service star
Service star
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Navy "E" Ribbon w/ 2 Battle E devices
National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
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 with 2 bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
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 with bronze service star
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
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 with 1 bronze service star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with silver service star

Roughead is also a distinguished recipient of the "Bob Hope Five Star Award for Distinguished Service to America."

The Asian-American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) recognized the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead with the AAGEN Excellence in Public Service Award June 10, 2010.

External links

  • Official Navy biography
  • Adm. Gary Roughead, profile at (Washington Post)
  • Scott Sanders (admiral)
    Scott Sanders (admiral)
    -Naval career:Rear Admiral Sanders received his commission in May 1980 from the U.S. Naval Academy and was designated a naval aviator in 1982. After completing training in the E-2C, he reported to the Seahawks of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126. While at VAW-126, he made deployments to...

     Adm. Scott Sanders profile at wikipedia

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