Rear Adm. Bianchi , a native of Vineland, N.J., attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Navy ROTC scholarship, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation in 1982, he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard University in 1992, and completed the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program in 2003.
His operational tours included Supply Officer, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); Supply Officer, USS Pigeon (ASR-21); Cargo and Stock Control Officer, USS San Diego (AFS-6).
His shore and staff assignments included duties as: Deputy Commander for Aviation at the Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia.; Military Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Materiel Readiness), Washington, D.C.; Fleet Comptroller, Commander, U. S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk.; Instructor and Educational counselor at the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Ga.; Executive Assistant to the Vice Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, Washington, D.C.; Head, Program Objectives Memorandum (POM) Development Branch, on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington D.C.; Director, Material Department, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Pearl Harbor and Executive Officer, FISC Pearl Harbor; Readiness and Supply Afloat Programs Officer, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet; and Director, Material Budgets, Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia.
As a flag officer, Bianchi served as Commander and Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command, where he provided management oversight for the worldwide operation of Navy Exchanges, Ships Stores afloat, Navy Uniform Programs, Personal Telecommunications services and Navy Lodges. For his final active duty assignment, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Ordnance and Supply Fleet Supply Officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, where he was responsible for developing and coordinating Fleet ordnance and supply programs and policies for all naval forces assigned to U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Atlantic Fleet. He retired from the Navy on 1 January 2012.
Bianchi’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). He is a qualified Naval Aviation Supply Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, and Acquisition Professional.