Rear Admiral Bruce H. Lindsey

Deputy Director for operations
The Joint Staff

Rear Admiral Bruce H. Lindsey


Rear Adm. Lindsey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Operations Analysis and was designated a naval flight officer in 1983.

His initial at-sea assignments were with Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 21 in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and on the staff of Commander, Task Force 70/75/77 embarked in USS Midway (CV 41). His aviation department head tour was with VS-21 assigned to Carrier Air Wing 5 forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan, operating from USS Independence (CV 62). From 2005 to 2007, he served as the executive officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

At sea, Lindsey’s first command was VS-29 embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during the first 72 days of Operation Enduring Freedom. His first ship command was USS Dubuque (LPD 8) during an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment to the Persian Gulf/North Arabian Sea/Red Sea. Most recently, he commanded USS Carl Vinson while completing a change of homeport from Norfolk to San Diego, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the people of Haiti during Operation Unified Response, and executing a deployment to the Persian Gulf/North Arabian Sea in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. 

Ashore, Lindsey served as aide to the Chief of Staff, Commander in Chief, U.S Naval Forces Europe in London, England; as the operational test director and analyst at Air and Test Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) in Patuxent River, Md. during S-3B Initial Operational Capability testing; and, as a senior operations officer at the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff (J-3) in Washington D.C.

Lindsey holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. In 2005, he earned a doctorate in Public Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Lindsey received the 1997 Naval War College President’s Award for Academic Achievement and Community Service, and the 2007 Admiral Jeremy Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy.

Updated: 25 September 2013