Rear Adm. Guillory, a native of New Orleans, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Technology. His early sea assignments were aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG 9), the guided-missile frigate USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG 23), the cruiser USS Vincennes (CG 49) and as the commissioning executive officer of the cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). He commanded the guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) and the cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).
Ashore, Guillory’s assignments included several Washington area tours in Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Division, as branch head for Combat Systems, and as the assistant deputy director for Surface Ships. He also served in the Joint Staff as the J-38, Current Readiness branch chief.
Guillory was selected for flag officer in early 2004 and assumed command of Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet and Expeditionary Strike Group 1headquartered at White Beach, Okinawa in Oct. 2004. During this assignment, he was responsible for US Joint and Combined amphibious operations throughout the Western Pacific. In addition, he served as the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces for Combined Support Force 535 (Southeast Asia Tsunami Relief Operations in Thailand) in early 2005.
In Dec. 2006, Guillory returned to Washington to serve in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He was appointed as the Director of Surface Warfare in Oct. 2007 and the responsibility for the warfighting requirements and resources for all US Navy surface combatant ships and combat systems.
In June 2009, Guillory took command of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. Immediately following the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in Jan. 2010, 4th Fleet coordinated the U.S. Navy’s response to the disaster relief operations. Fourth Fleet exercised command and control of approximately 15,000 Sailors and Marines and nearly two dozen ships and embarked aircraft in direct support of the larger U.S. government effort.
Guillory is a graduate of the National Defense University (Industrial College of the Armed Forces) and his personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Medals. The Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Combat “V” and various campaign medals. He is also 2009 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Leadership.