Rear Adm. John Fuller is the son of a retired Army colonel. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Post Graduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College. He was also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow.
His sea duty tours include damage control assistant, combat information center officer and assistant engineering officer, USS Vandegrift (FFG 48); chief engineer, USS Kauffman (FFG 59); Atlantic Fleet Propulsion Examining Board; flag secretary, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet; executive officer, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54); commanding officer, USS Mason (DDG 87); deputy commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22; commander, Task Group - Iraqi Maritime; and commander, DESRON-22.
His shore assignments include Plans & Policy/Community Issues Section head and Strategy & Alignment Branch head, Surface Warfare Division; United States Naval Academy 4th Battalion Officer; military assistant to the director, rapid fielding in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (AT&L); special assistant to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Joint High Speed Vessel Council chairman, Navy Staff; operational definition team lead for the Small Surface Combatant Task Force; and deputy for LCS, Surface Warfare Division.
His Flag assignments include commander, Navy Region Hawaii/commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific. He assumed duties as commander, Carrier Strike Group 1 July 28, 2017.
Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement medal (two awards) and various unit awards.