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Rear Admiral John Gumbleton

Rear Adm. John Gumbleton is a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and graduate of Norwich University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from The George Washington University (GWU), a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and attended the GWU/MIT National Security Management Course.

Operationally, he served in numerous helicopter squadrons flying the SH-60B. His sea assignments include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light-(HSL) 44 deploying with USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Twice serving at HSL-46, he deployed with USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as detachment officer-in-charge and also served as squadron operations officer and as detachment officer-in-charge on board USS Taylor (FFG 50).  In command, he led the Vipers of HSL-48 and the Sailors and Marines of USS Boxer (LHD 4) and Expeditionary Strike Group 3.

Gumbleton’s shore assignments include the Bureau of Naval Personnel as war college and graduate education detailer; flag lieutenant to Commander, Naval Air Systems Command; legislative fellow for Senator John Warner of Virginia; congressional liaison officer, Appropriations Matters Office in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C); military assistant to Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Allied Command Transformation Staff Element Europe; senior fellow Strategic Studies Group 34; and director, Operations Division (FMB1), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C).

In May 2020 he assumed duties as deputy assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget (FMB)/director, Fiscal Management Division, N82, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. His previous flag assignments include director of Maritime Headquarters for U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. Naval Forces Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, and most recently as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Last Updated: 20 September 2021


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