Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar

Rear Adm. Bolivar is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where she received a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography.  She holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University.
At sea, Bolivar served in various leadership positions aboard USS Reclaimer (ARS 42), USS Grasp (ARS 51), USS Grapple (ARS 53) and USS Recovery (ARS 43).  She served as commanding officer of USS Salvor (ARS 52).  Bolivar’s other operational assignments include commanding officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1, and officer in charge of the Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Electronic Warfare program while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom’s counter IED task force, Task Force Paladin.
Her shore tours include fleet and message center officer/Navy News Service Management Console (CMS) custodian at the U.S. Naval Communications Station, San Miguel, Philippines; researcher/writer on the Secretary of the Navy’s White House Liaison staff; and as ordnance officer at Naval Station Norfolk and Atlantic Ordnance Command Yorktown.  Bolivar also served on the staffs of Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic and Explosive Ordnance Group Two.  Bolivar served in various leadership assignments as executive officer of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, operations officer and military professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and as commanding officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Navy Munitions Command CONUS East Division.  Bolivar served as the chief of staff for Commander Navy Installations Command.
Bolivar’s flag officer assignments include commander, Navy Region Northwest and commander Joint Region Marianas, where she also served as U.S. Pacific Command/defense representative Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands-Federated States of Micronesia-Republic of Palau; commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; and commander, Task Force West.  Bolivar’s previous tour, she served as commander, Navy Region Southeast.  Bolivar assumed command as commander, Navy Region Southwest in March 2019.
Bolivar is designated a special operations officer (Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Diving and Salvage community).
Bolivar’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards) Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign, unit and service awards, including recognition as the Chief of Naval Operations’ Pacific Fleet finalist for the Vice Adm. James Stockdale Leadership Award and a 2005 inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.




Last Updated: 18 August 2020

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