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Rear Admiral John Butler

Rear Adm. Butler is a native of Texas City, Texas and a 1974 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He was commissioned via the Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program in 1974. Butler received a Master of Science in Engineering Acoustics from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1986. Additionally, he is a 1998 graduate of the Management Program for Executives at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

As a submarine officer, Butler completed Strategic Deterrent Patrols in the Mediterranean and Atlantic while serving as a division officer on USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) and as navigator/ operations officer on both USS James K. Polk (SSBN 645), and USS James Madison (SSBN 627). As an engineering duty officer, he served in the Western Pacific as repair officer on USS Proteus (AS19).

Ashore, he served as a submarine officer on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare). As an engineering duty officer, his assignments included: chief engineer, AN/BSY-1 Submarine Combat and Acoustic System (PMS417); assistant program manager for Design and Construction, Seawolf class submarines (PMS350); major program manager, Ohio class submarines (PMS396); major program manager, Strategic and Attack Submarines (PMS392); and executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition).

Butler was promoted to flag rank in December 2001. His flag assignments included: deputy commander for Undersea Technology (SEA-93), Naval Sea Systems Command; commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center; and program executive officer – Submarines.

Butler's personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), in addition to other service and unit awards. He was also awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for his support to

Butler retired from active duty on 1 September 2005.

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Last Updated: 10 March 2022


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