Rear Adm. William Galinis is a native of Delray Beach, Florida. He is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Galinis’ tours as a surface warfare officer included damage control assistant aboard USS Vreeland (FF 1068) and engineer officer aboard USS Roark (FF 1053). He was selected for transfer to the engineering duty officer community in September 1991.
Galinis’ initial engineering duty tour was with the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, New Orleans, where he worked on both new construction and repair projects including assignment as the Amphibious Warfare Program Office (PMS 377) program manager’s representative for the LSD (CV) Shipbuilding Program. Upon completion of this assignment, he served as the senior damage control inspector for the Board of Inspection and Survey, Surface Trials Board.
In 1997, Galinis reported to Washington, D.C., where he served in a number of different positions including the DD 21 Program Office, LPD 17 Program Office, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Requirements & Assessments Directorate (N81) and in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Shipbuilding as the chief of staff.
Following his selection as the LPD 17 program manager, Galinis reported to PEO Ships, LPD 17 Program Office in Oct. 2005. During his tour as program manager, the first four ships of the San Antonio Class of amphibious transport dock ship were commissioned; the fifth ship was delivered and construction started on four additional hulls. In Sept. 2009, he reported as the supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast overseeing Navy ship construction projects and foreign military sales work in shipyards along the Gulf Coast and Wisconsin. He then served as commanding officer of Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA), where he led surface ship maintenance efforts from Oct. 2011 until Sept. 2013.
His Flag assignments include commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center and in Sept. 2015, the additional role of deputy commander, Surface Warfare.
Galinis has received various personal and campaign awards, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.