Navy Flag Officer Biography

Vice Admiral Terrance T. Etnyre

Commander, Naval Surface Forces
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Vice Admiral Terrance T. Etnyre

Vice Admiral Etnyre is a 1970 graduate of the University of Michigan and was commissioned an Ensign in July 1971 at Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. His early sea and shore assignments included: Damage Control Assistant in USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) homeported in Naples, Italy; Repair Officer in USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Plant Performance Evaluation Officer for the AIW nuclear propulsion prototype, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Engineer Officer, USS Mississippi (CGN 40); Member, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and Executive Officer in USS Long Beach (CGN 9). In December 1987, Vice Adm. Etnyre assumed command of USS Lynde McCormick (DDG 8). Under his command, Lynde McCormick, as a part of Surface Action Group Bravo, participated in Operation Praying Mantis, the United States’ response to the mining of the Persian Gulf and the mine damage to USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). Following command, he was assigned as Special Assistant for Nuclear Propulsion on the staffs of Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Senior Member of the Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team. He then served in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare, as the Aegis Cruiser/Destroyer and Anti-Air Warfare Branch Head. In November 1992, Vice Adm. Etnyre assumed command of USS Arkansas (CGN 41). During this tour, Arkansas received two Battle Efficiency Awards and three consecutive Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Golden Anchor awards for excellence in personnel retention and quality of life programs. Vice Adm. Etnyre reported in September 1995 as Executive Assistant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. From June 1996 to June 1998 he was the Director, Plans Division in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction. He was selected for flag rank in 1998 and served as Commander, South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Vice Adm. Etnyre served as Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command until May 2001. He served as Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group One from June 2001 to June 2002. His last assignment was as Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. His personal awards included the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (six awards), the Bronze Star with Combat V, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Updated: 4 September 2008