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.

Gary Roughead
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Roughead in 2007
Born (1951-07-15) July 15, 1951 (age 68)
Buffalo, New York, United States
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1973–2011
Commands heldChief of Naval Operations
United States Fleet Forces Command
United States Pacific Fleet
United States Second Fleet
USS Port Royal (CG-73)
USS Barry (DDG-52)
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)

Early life and educationEdit

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 careerEdit

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 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 OperationsEdit

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 lifeEdit

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]

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Surface Warfare Officer Insignia
  Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
  Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one golden award star
  Army Distinguished Service Medal
  Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three award stars
Meritorious Service Medal with one award star
  Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Achievement Medal with one award star
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with three bronze service stars
  Navy "E" Ribbon with two Battle E devices
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze service star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with silver service star
  Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) 2009
  Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Medal (Republic of Korea)
  Commander of the Order of Naval Merit (Brazil)
  Grand Cross of the Order of Naval Merit Admiral Padilla (Colombia)
  Meritorious Service Medal (Military) (Singapore)

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 Roughead with the AAGEN Excellence in Public Service Award June 10, 2010.[8]


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  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. ^ "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. ^ 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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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