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Gary Roughead (/ˈrʌfhɛd/ "rough head"; born July 15, 1951)[1] is a former United States Navy officer who served as the 29th Chief of Naval Operations from September 29, 2007 to September 22, 2011. He previously served as Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command, from May 17 to September 29, 2007. Prior to that, Roughead served as the 31st Commander, United States Pacific Fleet from July 8, 2005, to May 8, 2007. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 38 years of service.

Early life and education

Roughead graduated from high school at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 1969. He is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Surface Warfare Officer.

Naval career

Roughead during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Chief of Naval Operations in September 2007.
Roughead making a speech in October 2007.
Roughead and Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Campa visiting Afghanistan in August 2008.

Roughead's initial assignment was in the Weapons Department aboard USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27). This was followed by duty as Executive Officer on the patrol gunboats USS Douglas (PGM-100) and USS Tacoma (PGM-92), the former home-ported in Naples, Italy. He was the commissioning Chief Engineer aboard USS O'Bannon (DD-987) and Executive Officer on board USS Spruance (DD-963).

Roughead's tours ashore include assignments as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, United States 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, United States Pacific Command; Commandant, United States Naval Academy; the Department of the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs; and Deputy Commander, United States 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 Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 1969. He is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Surface Warfare Officer.

Naval career

USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27). This was followed by duty as Executive Officer on the patrol gunboats USS Douglas (PGM-100) and USS Tacoma (PGM-92), the former home-ported in Naples, Italy. He was the commissioning Chief Engineer aboard USS O'Bannon (DD-987) and Executive Officer on board USS Spruance (DD-963).

Roughead's tours ashore include assignments as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, United States 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, United States Pacific Command; Commandant, United States Naval Academy; the Department of the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs; and Deputy Commander, United States 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, United States 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]

Chief of Naval Operations

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

In January 2009, Roughead was present with President Barack Obama as they watched the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.[4]

In 2011, Roughead retired from the U.S. Navy after 38 years of service and was succeeded in his post as the Chief of Naval Operations by Admiral Jonathan Greenert.

Personal life

Since retirement Roughead has become a board member of Theranos, a privately held health technology company known for its false claims to have devised revolutionary blood tests using very small amounts of blood.[5][6][7] He sits on the executive committee of the Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center (HMS).[8]

Awards and decorations

Roughead's tours ashore include assignments as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, United States 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, United States Pacific Command; Commandant, United States Naval Academy; the Department of the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs; and Deputy Commander, United States 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, United States 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, Roughead became the Chief of Naval Operations.[3]

In January 2009, Roughead was present with President Barack Obama as they watched the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.[4]

In 2011, Roughead retired from the U.S. Navy after 38 years of service and was succee

In January 2009, Roughead was present with President Barack Obama as they watched the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.[4]

In 2011, Roughead retired from the U.S. Navy after 38 years of service and was succeeded in his post as the Chief of Naval Operations by Admiral Jonathan Greenert.

Since retirement Roughead has become a board member of Theranos, a privately held health technology company known for its false claims to have devised revolutionary blood tests using very small amounts of blood.[5][6][7] He sits on the executive committee of the Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center (HMS).[8]

Awards and decorations

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-10-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ ""Remarks as delivered by Admiral Gary Roughead, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet". Archived from the original on September 21, 2007. Retrieved 2006-03-30.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), End of World War II Commemoration Aboard USS Missouri, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, September 2, 2005.
  3. ^ "Announcement of Nomination as Chief of Naval Operations".
  4. ^ ListenOnRepeat.com. "Anchors Aweigh – US Navy Band".
  5. ^ John Carreyrou (21 May 2018). Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-5247-3166-3.
  6. ^ Levine, Matt (14 March 2018). "The Blood Unicorn Theranos Was Just a Fairy Tale". Bloomberg View. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  7. ^ "A singular board at Theranos". Fortune. June 12, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  8. ^ "executive committee of the Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center". Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  9. ^ Affairs, This story was written by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy, Chief of Naval Operations Public. "Top Navy Officer Receives Public Service Award for Diversity Initiative".

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