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Gary Roughead
US Navy 071108-N-0000X-001 Navy file photo of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead.jpg
Born July 15, 1951(1951-07-15) (age 68)
Place of birth Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1973–2011
Rank US-O10 insignia Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Operations
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
U.S. Pacific Fleet
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)

Gary Roughead (born July 15, 1951)[1] is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the 29th Chief of Naval Operations from September 29, 2007 to September 22, 2011. He previously served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, from May 17, 2007, to September 29, 2007. Prior to that, Roughead served as the 31st Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 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) in 1969. He is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Surface Warfare Officer. His initial assignment was in the Weapons Department aboard the USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27). This was followed by duty as Executive Officer on the patrol gunboats USS Douglas (PG-100) and USS Tacoma (PG-92), the former home-ported in Naples, Italy. He was the commissioning Chief Engineer aboard the USS O'Bannon (DD-987) and Executive Officer on the USS Spruance (DD-963).

Tours ashore include assignments as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; 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 USS Barry (DDG-52), and, upon assuming command of the cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73), 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 and received the Golden Anchor Award for excellence in retention and crew support programs. He was Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two and the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Carrier Battle Group, deploying to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea. 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; 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 USS Missouri (BB-63) Memorial on Ford Island in Hawaii.[2]

On September 29, 2007, he became the Chief of Naval Operations.[3]

US Navy 080815-N-8273J-253 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, left, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. speak with Sailors, Marines and Soldiers

Roughead and Campa in Afghanistan (August 2008).

US Navy 070927-N-3642E-171 Adm. Gary Roughead, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, testifies before the Committee on Armed Services during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Chief of Naval Operations

Roughead during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Chief of Naval Operations (September 2007)

Awards and decorationsEdit

USN - Surface Warfare Officer Surface Warfare Officer Pin
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Defense Distinguished Service ribbon Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one golden Award star
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon Defense Superior Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit with three award stars
Gold star
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 award star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon Navy Commendation Medal
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg
Navy Achievement Medal with award star
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 3 bronze service stars
Battle-e-ribbon 2nd award.png Navy "E" Ribbon w/ 2 Battle E devices
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
Vietnam Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
Silver star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg
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.[4]

US Navy 071012-N-4238B-095 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20)

Atlantic (Oct. 12, 2007) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks with crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) upon completion of their deployment Oct. 12. Comfort completed its four-month humanitarian deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean providing medical care to patients in a dozen countries.


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Military offices
Preceded by
William Bogle
Commandant of Midshipmen
Succeeded by
Samuel Locklear
Preceded by
Michael Mullen
Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Jonathan Greenert

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