Vice Adm. (ret) Rodney P. Rempt was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1966. Initial assignments at sea included deployments to Vietnam aboard USS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS Somers (DDG-34) followed by command of USS Antelope (PG 86), one of four missile-armed patrol gunboats homeported in Naples, Italy. Vice Admiral Rempt commanded USS Callaghan (DDG 994) during two WESTPAC/Indian Ocean deployments, and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. While on Bunker Hill, Vice Admiral Rempt served for 18 months as the Anti-Air Warfare Commander (AAWC) for Seventh Fleet. Duties ashore included three years in the Weapon Prototyping office of the Naval Sea Systems Command as the initial project officer for the MK 41 Vertical Launch system, and both the Program Coordinator for the Aegis Weapon System, and the Director, Anti-Air Warfare Requirements Division (OP-75) on the CNO’s staff. Vice Admiral Rempt also worked in the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) where he initiated the development of Naval Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD). Initial Flag assignments were as Director, Theater Air Defense (N865), followed by Program Executive Officer, Theater Air Defense (PEO TAD), concurrently serving as the U.S. Steering Committee Member for the NATO Sea Sparrow and Rolling Airframe Missile multi-national programs. Vice Adm. Rempt subsequently served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Theater Combat Systems and as the first Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Missile Defense. In this position, Vice Adm. Rempt additionally served as Director, Surface Warfare (N76), responsible for all Surface Warfare people initiatives, ship programs and combat systems. His education includes master's degrees in Systems Analysis from Stanford University and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He served one year as the Director of the PCO/PXO Department at the Surface Warfare Officers Schools Command and two years as the 49th President of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. In his final assignment, Rempt served as the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (Third award), the Meritorious Service Medal (Third award), and the Navy Commendation Medal (Third award with Combat “V”).