Arleigh Albert Burke (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996) was an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the lead ship of its class of Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers, was commissioned in Burke's honor in 1991, during his lifetime.
In addition to numerous ashore assignments, Clark served at sea aboard the destroyers USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) and USS Gearing (DD-710). He commanded USS Grand Rapids (PG-98), USS McCloy (FF-1038), USS Spruance (DD-963), the Atlantic Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, Destroyer Squadron 17, and Destroyer Squadron 5. As a flag officer he commanded the USS Carl Vinson Battle Group/Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3, the United States Second Fleet, and United States Atlantic Fleet. He became the 27th Chief of Naval Operations in 2000 and retired in 2005. Clark currently serves on boards or as a trustee of corporations, organizations and universities.
Vice Admiral 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 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, he 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 of Operations and Plans for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice 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 Six/John F Kennedy Strike Group. Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007; Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet from June 2009 to April 2011; and Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from June 2011 to July 2012. He became Director, Navy Staff in August 2012 and retired from the Navy in November 2013.
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 Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He additionally served as Deputy Director, Strategy & Policy (J5), Joint Staff 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 and unit awards.
Awarded the Surface Navy Association’s Special Recognition Award in 2020, VADM Route’s award citation reads in part: “A career Surface Warfare Officer, from the United States Naval Academy class of 1971, VADM Route devotedly and enthusiastically supported warfighting excellence, personnel development, and mentoring, and Surface Warfare community pride in his every action. A natural leader, especially in Command at Sea, VADM Route commanded the USS Dewey (DDG-45), USS Lake Erie (CG-70) and the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Carrier Strike Group. Attesting to his personal core values of the highest ethical standards of personal integrity, he served as the President of the Naval War College and as the Navy’s Inspector General providing a strong moral beacon to our entire Navy.” After retiring from the Navy after 36 years, and while working as a senior vice president at Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd., VADM Route “served as the President of SNA’s National Organization for four years and presided over the greatest growth the Association had ever experienced with Chapters located worldwide with scores of enlisted members joining the ranks as members.” He departed the Washington, DC area in 2013 to become the civilian President of the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California, where he served for more than five years until retirement (again) in 2019.While President of NPS, VADM Route worked closely with VADM Tom Rowden, then COMNAVSURFOR/COMNAVSURFPAC in establishing and sponsoring the NPS Surface Warfare Chair. They agreed this post-major command Navy Captain would provide a direct relationship between the school and CNSF/CNSP to ensure that SWO graduate degree candidates received the best interdisciplinary warfare education that identifies and spearheads research topics in support of surface warfighting. In this unique environment of military and academic collaboration, the SWO Chair provides course instruction assistance, a direct link to research relevant to our warfighters, and senior SWO mentorship to today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. And especially to today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders who are active members of the Monterey Bay SNA Chapter!
Ortloff joined the Navy in 1982 and served as an Air Traffic Controller (AC) afloat and ashore. She eventually served as Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet Command Master Chief 2009-2012 and U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa Fleet Master Chief from May 2012 April 2015. Following retirement, she continues to serve as a volunteer for organizations that benefit those still serving, including an appointment to the Defense Advisory Council on Women in The Services (DACOWITS).
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin, III , was born in Bronxville, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While at the Naval Academy, he was selected as an Honorable Mention " All American " in Lacrosse.
His sea duty assignment include tours of duty on USS STICKELL (DD 888) as Communications Officer/ Electronics, Material Officer/Operations Officer; on USS WARRINGTON (DD 843) as Operations Officer, on USS BLANDY (DD 943) as Executive Officer, and as Commanding Officer, USS DOMINANT (MSO 431), USS BRISCOE 9DD 977), and USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51). During these command tours he participated in Cuban Refugee, Lebanon Crisis, Counter Drug and Desert Shield/Storm operations.
Ashore, he has served in the Naval Advisory Group, Vietnam and Naval Officer Training Center, U.S. Naval Academy Physical Education Department and later as Assistant Director of Candidate Guidance; Naval Military Personnel Command as an Assignment Officer; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head, Surface Warfare Training Plans Branch, Surface Warfare Manpower and Training Requirements Division; and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Program Planning Division.
Vice Admiral Giffin was promoted to Flag Rank in July 1992 and completed his first Flag Officer assignment in November 1994 as Assistant chief of Staff, Logistics, Allied Forces Southern Europe. Assigned as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO in March 1995, he deployed to the Mediterranean as commander, George Washington Battle Group, and earned his second star in June 1995. In September 1996 he assumed duties as Deputy and Chief of Staff, United States Atlantic Fleet. He was promoted to vice Admiral and assumed command of the Atlantic Fleet Naval Surface Force of July 1, 1997.
Vice Admiral Giffin earned his Master of Science Degree in Industrial Personnel Management from George Washington University. Additionally, he graduated with highest distinction from the National War College.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Medal, the Legion of Merit with three gold stars; the Bronze Star; the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars; the Vietnam Honor Medal First Class; and various service and campaign awards.
Currently Henry Giffin manages a sales division of a NYSE company. As group leader of his division he overseas several hundred staff members. This year his division has been responsible for several hundred million in sales to the US NAVY.
Bowen joined the Coast Guard in 1978 and served for 32 years. A lifelong cutterman, Bowen commanded 5 separate Coast Guard units ashore and afloat. His career culminated as the service’s senior Enlisted member from 2006 to 2010. His post Coast Guard volunteerism includes service as the co-chair of the CG National Retiree Council (CGNRC) from 2013 to 2016. He is also the immediate past President of the Association for Rescue at Sea and remains an active board member. He joined Bollinger Shipyards in 2011 and is currently Bollinger’s Vice President of Government Relations.
Troy Stoner is Chief Executive Officer of Argon ST, a Boeing Company. Argon ST supports Missions and Payloads within Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s (BDS) Autonomous Systems division. In this position, Stoner leads program management, business strategy, technological integration, campaign strategy, customer engagement, and production of sensor payloads and intelligence solutions.
Previously, a career naval surface warfare officer, Stoner transitioned in May 2015 to Boeing. Stoner’s operational and Pentagon staff tour experience includes more than 20 years leading Navy operations, finanancial management, strategy development, warfare integration and defense budget planning. At sea, Stoner commanded USS O’BANNON (DD987) and was commodore of the Destroyer Squadron 23 “Little Beavers,” serving as sea combat commander of NIMITZ Strike Group.
Stoner holds a bachelor’s of science degree from U.S. Naval Academy and master’s degrees from Naval Postgraduate School (MSME), Naval War College (MA) and National Defense University Eisenhower School (MS). He completed senior military fellowships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Seminar XXI-International Affairs) and Stanford University (Hoover Institution and the Center for International Security and Cooperation).
Mr. David Lee has extensive experience in business development and capture strategies in the federal market. He brings a track record of building teams, managing organizations, and bringing concepts and programs to successful conclusion. A former Naval officer with significant budget and program assessment experience, he is known for problem analysis and resolution. He has a track record of maximizing all aspects of an organization's potential.
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