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Michael Glenn Mullen

Date of birth: October 4, 1946
Place of Birth: California, Los Angeles

Michael Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1968. From July 22, 2005 to September 29, 2007 he served as the Navy's 28th Chief of Naval Operations, following which he was appointed by President George W. Bush to become the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander, SECOND Fleet; Commander Striking Fleet Atlantic, and Commander Joint Task Force ONE TWO ZERO from October 2000 to August 2001. Admiral Mullen's aggressive leadership produced dramatic improvement in Atlantic Fleet combat readiness and joint and combined interoperability. He re-invigorated the planning and execution of Joint Task Force Exercised, to include more robust joint services and NATO participation. A staunch advocate of Allied interoperability, he facilitated the seamless integration of dozens of multi-national units into every one of the last three exercises and pioneered several bilateral warfighting and tactical development initiatives. Admiral Mullen also became the driving force behind further maturity of NATO's sea-based Combined Joint Task Force concept, redefining staff training and procedural requirements to achieve interim configuration next spring. A warrior and innovative thinker, he inspired sweeping changes in waterfront and pier security throughout the East Coast, authored a Navy-wide OPTASK Force Production and spearheaded the establishment of comprehensive Inter-deployment Training Cycle and territorial Force Production Training. Additionally, Admiral Mullen developed tactics, techniques and procedures for Joint Time Sensitive Targeting that became the foundation for the Joint Concept for Operations of this critical warfare function. The distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Mullen reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Navy, and the Department of Defense.

Action Date: October 2000 - August 2001

Service: Navy

Rank: Vice Admiral

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from October 2007 to September 2011. During an increasingly dynamic time in our Nation's history, Admiral Mullen steadfastly advised the President, Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Staff, providing strategic direction for the Armed Forces amidst a complex global security environment. In concert with our Nation's leadership, he oversaw multiple, sustained joint military operations to disrupt terrorist networks, provide humanitarian assistance at home and abroad, and improve the security and stability in Iraq. An early and prominent advocate for more strongly resourcing the war in Afghanistan, he worked to expand counter-insurgency capabilities while personally bolstering ties in Pakistan as that region became the United States military's central effort. In addition to his comprehensive effort to foster relationships around the world, Admiral Mullen initiated a nationwide dialogue to advance support for our warriors, veterans and families, and was a leading voice during the review and repeal of the U.S. Government's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. The distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Mullen culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Navy and the Department of Defense.

Action Date: October 2007 - September 2011

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States while serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and Resources, Requirements and Assessments from August 2001 to January 2003. Vice Admiral Mullen's keen insight, team spirit, and exceptional advocacy set the course for the Department of the Navy's investment strategy for the next two decades. Vice Admiral Mullen's experience, wisdom, and intuitive understanding of the Department's requirements made the Navy and Marine Corps Fiscal Year 2004 Planning, Programming, and Budget Review an unqualified success. His innovative thoughts on reorganization, streamlining and reinvention were key to conducting a zero-based requirements assessment, eliminating outdated legacy systems, properly funding readiness accounts, providing for much needed fleet capitalization, and integrating Navy and Marine Corps tactical aviation. Vice Admiral Mullen's inspirational leadership, distinctive accomplishments, and total dedication to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 2001 - January 2003

Service: Navy

Rank: Vice Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States s the Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 through September 2004. During a period of major conflict, high operational tempo, and tremendous change, Admiral Mullen's impressive leadership and vision contributed immensely to improvements in joint readiness, resource management, and military support for national security. As Navy's Joint Requirements Oversight Council principal, he was a primary architect of joint force transformation, establishing clear priorities for vital programs such as space surveillance, communications, and missile defense. He led implementation of the Fleet Response Plan and execution of Exercise SUMMER PULSE '04, demonstrating global naval force readiness while simultaneously supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II. Further, he instituted critical improvements to Navy corporate processes by leading the Sea Enterprise effort, saving over $16 billion while increasing naval security, efficiency, and productivity. Admiral Mullen's keen intellect and exceptional skill in defense resource management significantly strengthened U.S. military readiness and enhanced the quality of life of Sailors and their families. By his superior leadership, outstanding professionalism and deep devotion to duty, Admiral Mullen reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 2003 - September 2004

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States while serving as Chief of Naval Operations from July 2005 through September 2007. Demonstrating profound vision, Admiral Mullen skillfully led the United States Navy during a period of unprecedented change. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he worked closely with the other Services and Federal Agencies to provide for the defense of the homeland and to respond to multiple crises around the world. As Chief of Naval Operations, he greatly improved Navy readiness by streamlining organizational alignment through the Navy Enterprise Framework; by growing the size of the fleet and stabilizing the shipbuilding program through a plan to build a 313-ship Navy; by advancing the diversity of the workforce; and by focusing early and often on issues of family support and quality of life. As a result, the United States Navy met every demand for combat ready units in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and other joint force requirements. Further, he fostered international cooperation through the development of global maritime partnerships - the "1,000-ship navy." Additionally, his efforts to write a new maritime strategy deepened understanding of sea power and ensures the United States Navy will remain a critical component of national maritime strength. By his superior leadership, unprecedented vision, and deep devotion to duty, Admiral Mullen reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 2005 - September 2007

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Defense Superior Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

Under the provisions of Department of Defense 1348.33-M, the Secretary of Defense has awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal to Captain Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, for exceptionally superior service as Staff Assistant for United States Navy Programs, Office of the Director for Operational Test and Evaluation, from September 1989 to August 1991. Captain Mullen was the leading edge of credible and independent oversight of operational test and evaluation activities for a significant number of major defense acquisition programs including TOMAHAWK, DDG 51, and SSN 21. He was the driving force behind quantum improvements in operational testing in anti-submarine warfare, and tapped resources to provide for major upgrades to test range facilities in order to adequately support operational testing for the latest surface combatant in the United States Navy. He immersed himself in major acquisition systems. His shrewd and vigilant skills were evident in reports to Congress that withstood the light of Congressional oversight, in-depth audits, and the broad policy changes implemented under the Defense Management Reviews. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Mullen reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Navy, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Action Date: September 1989 - August 1991

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, was awarded a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, was awarded a Fourth Gold Star in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Michael Glenn Mullen, United States Navy, was awarded a Silver Star in Lieu of a Sixth Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral