Vice Adm. Bruce Lindsey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was designated a naval flight officer in 1983. He is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. Lindsey holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
His initial at-sea assignments were with Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 21 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and on the staff of commander, Task Force 70/75/77 embarked in USS Midway (CV 41). His aviation department head tour was with VS-21 assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan, operating from USS Independence (CV 62). From 2005 to 2007 he served as the executive officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
At sea, Lindsey’s first command was VS-29 flying off USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during the first 72 days of Operation Enduring Freedom. His first ship command was USS Dubuque (LPD 8) during Operation Enduring Freedom deployment to the Persian Gulf, North Arabian Sea and Red Sea. He commanded Carl Vinson while completing a change of homeport from Norfolk to San Diego, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the people of Haiti during Operation Unified Response and executing a deployment to the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. He commanded the first Optimized Fleet Response Plan Carrier Strike Group (CSG), CSG-10/USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. He additionally served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 4.
Ashore, Lindsey served as aide to the chief of staff, commander in chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London; as the operational test director and analyst at Air and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 in Patuxent River, Maryland; and as a senior operations officer at the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff (J3) in Washington, D.C. His first flag assignment was deputy director for Operations, J3, Joint Staff, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic and as.as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Lindsey received the 1997 Naval War College President’s Award for Academic Achievement and Community Service, and the 2007 Adm. Jeremy Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis and Policy.