Rear Adm. John D. Butler, United States Navy (Retired), served his final active duty assignment as Program Executive Officer - Submarines, for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), Washington, DC.
A native of Texas City, Texas, Rear Adm. Butler received his BS Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and his MS Engineering Acoustics from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, in 1986. He was commissioned via the Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program in 1974 and was selected for lateral transfer to Engineering Duty Officer in 1984.
Rear Adm. Butler was promoted to flag rank in December 2001. His previous flag assignments included: Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI and Deputy Commander for Undersea Technology (SEA-93), Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC.
Rear Adm. Butler’s sea duty assignments included: USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659), USS James K. Polk (SSBN 645), USS James Madison (SSBN 627), and USS Proteus (AS19).
His shore assignments included: Attack Submarine Requirements Head for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare); AN/BSY-1 Submarine Combat and Acoustic System (PMS417) Chief Engineer for Program Executive Officer - Submarine Combat and Weapons Systems; SEAWOLF Class Submarine (PMS350) Assistant Program Manager (Design and Construction) for Program Executive Officer - Submarines; Strategic and Attack Submarines (PMS392) Major Program Manager for Naval Sea Systems Command; and Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). He also served in extended temporary assignments attached to the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station, Arctic Ocean; and the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Groton, CT, and Newport News, VA.
Rear Admiral Butler's personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, 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 the Royal Navy Submarine Flotilla.
He is a graduate of the Management Program for Executives at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh; Professional Summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Advanced Program Managers course at Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, VA.
Rear Adm. Butler retired from active duty on 1 September 2005.