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Gary Roughead

Date of birth: July 15, 1951
Home of record: Wayne Pennsylvania

Gary Roughead graduated from high school at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 1969, and subsequently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1973. On September 29, 2007, Admiral Gary Roughead became the Navy's 29th Chief of Naval Operations.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral Gary Roughead, 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; Commander, Naval North Fleet East; Commander, Joint Task Force One Two Zero and Commander, Joint Task Force Nine Five Zero, from August 2003 to October 2004. Admiral Roughead's brilliant leadership and unparalleled initiatives produced dramatic improvements in Atlantic Fleet combat readiness and interoperability within a joint and combined environment. He aggressively worked with North Atlantic Treaty Organization counterparts to strengthen and support transformation initiatives. He galvanized his staff to build a critical framework that allowed the establishment of Joint Headquarters Lisbon and maintenance of the sea-based joint task force to meet contingencies. His establishment of new initiatives with Canadian and United Kingdom Navies dramatically improved training and operational capabilities for all three nations. Applying keen vision in his ardent implementation of the new Fleet Response Plan, he maximized training efficiencies and provided four carrier strike groups, one expeditionary strike group and two surface strike groups to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the Global War on Terrorism. Additionally, he coordinated and executed the largest combined joint task force exercise in ten years, Operation BLINDING STORM, where nine coalition partners and 28,000 participants combined to affect an unprecedented level of cooperative training and interagency integration. Displaying unwavering commitment to innovation, he led his staff to develop unique solutions to technological challenges that have become the model for emulation by joint and coalition partners. The distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Roughead reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Navy and the Department of Defense.

Action Date: August 2003 - October 2004

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 the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Gary Roughead, 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 Department of the Navy, Chief of Legislative Affairs from May 2001 through January 2003. Through his extraordinary foresight and keen understanding of military issues and the legislative process, Rear Admiral Roughead produced unprecedented levels of success with the Navy's legislative agenda. He carefully forged strong personal bonds with Members of Congress and key staff members, and translated these bonds into support for Navy's most critical personnel and programmatic priorities. As a trusted advisor to the highest echelons of the Department of the Navy, Rear Admiral Roughead provided outstanding counsel and strategic insight to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations for initiatives that significantly enhanced the readiness and capabilities of our current and future forces. During this period, Rear Admiral Roughead's unparalleled leadership and vision kept the Navy's legislative strategy on course. His decisive action, especially throughout the events following September 11, 2001, ensured favorable Congressional consideration across the entire spectrum of Fiscal Year 2002 and 2003 Navy programs including high profile issues such as Vieques, the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet, DD(X), and numerous quality of service initiatives. By his outstanding leadership, commendable innovation, and inspiring dedication to duty, Rear Admiral Roughead reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: May 2001 - January 2003

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear 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 Gary Roughead, 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 Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from July 2005 to May 2007. Admiral Roughead's exemplary leadership and strategic vision brought the Pacific Fleet to an unprecedented level of warfighting readiness and advanced our national security interests throughout the Asia-Pacific region. His bold strategic planning ensured U.S. Naval operations in the Pacific and Indian Ocean achieved focused objectives and maximum effectiveness. Admiral Roughead gathered the largest Naval force in the western Pacific during Exercise VALIANT SHIELD 2006, conducting high-end joint warfighting training and demonstrating the flexibility and responsiveness of American Naval power. His skillful diplomacy strengthened relations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force enabling cooperation in Ballistic Missile Defense and improvements in the capability of Forward Deployed Naval Forces. Admiral Roughead's engagement with China's Navy led to protocols for communication at sea and conduct of search and rescue exercises. He dramatically strengthened relationships with regional navies while building commitment to international cooperation and information sharing for maritime security. Admiral Roughead adroitly led Joint Task Force 519, increasing its operational warfighting capability culminating in it attaining its initial certification. His groundbreaking initiatives in proactive humanitarian assistance missions demonstrated the goodwill of the American people and the flexibility of maritime forces. By his superior leadership, wise judgment, and deep devotion to duty, Admiral Roughead reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 2005 - May 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 Gary Roughead, United States Navy, for exceptionally superior service while serving as Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command, from October 1993 to July 1995. Captain Roughead's personal dedication, professionalism, and insightful analysis of issues and actions contributed significantly and directly to the successful accomplishment of the Command's mission. His perceptive grasp of the complex events in which the United States Pacific Command was engaged directly influenced the command, control and efficiency of the organization. His broad executive skills, personal leadership, expertise in joint affairs, keen military-political understanding and sage advice to the Commander in Chief culminated in successful plans and operational actions by the United States Pacific Command. Furthermore, Captain Roughead's exceptional talents, statesman-like military diplomacy and selfless devotion to duty directly contributed to improved force readiness throughout the theater and significantly enhanced the national security interests of our nation and its friends and allies. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Captain Roughead reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Navy, and the Department of Defense.

Action Date: October 1993 - July 1995

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Gary Roughead, 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 Gary Roughead, 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 Gary Roughead, 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 Gary Roughead, 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