Rear Adm. John Gumbleton is a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and a 1989 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.
Gumbleton was designated a naval aviator in October 1990 and qualified as an SH-60B pilot at the Fleet Replacement Squadron in Mayport, Florida.
He has served in a variety of sea and shore assignments. At sea, his assignments include HSL-44, deploying with USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) as detachment training officer and USS Vicksburg (CG 69) as detachment maintenance officer. Twice serving at HSL-46, he deployed with USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as detachment officer-in-charge. Reporting back to HSL-46 he served as squadron operations officer and as detachment officer-in-charge on board USS Taylor (FFG 50). In command he led the men and women of HSL-48 and USS Boxer (LHD 4).
His 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 to Senator John Warner of Virginia; and congressional liaison, 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; CNO Fellow to Strategic Studies Group 34; and director, Operations Division (FMB1), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C).
In his current assignment, Gumbleton is the director of Maritime Headquarters (N4/5/8/9) supporting naval component theater engagement development, resource programing and operational planning in support of U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one award), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one award).