Rear Adm. William Galinis is a native of Delray Beach, Florida. He is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Galinis’ tours as a surface warfare officer included damage control assistant aboard USS Vreeland (FF 1068) and engineer officer aboard USS Roark (FF 1053). He was selected for transfer to the engineering duty officer community in September 1991.
Galinis’ initial engineering duty tour was with the supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, New Orleans, where he worked on both new construction and repair projects including assignment as the Amphibious Warfare Program Office (PMS 377) program manager’s representative for the LSD (CV) Shipbuilding Program. He subsequently served as the senior damage control inspector for the Board of Inspection and Survey, Surface Trials Board as well as in a number of program office and staff positions including the DD 21 and LPD 17 Program Offices, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Requirements and Assessments Directorate and in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Shipbuilding as the chief of staff.
Galinis’ command assignments included LPD 17 Program manager — leading the commissioning of the first four ships of the LPD 17 San Antonio Class, delivering the fifth ship and starting construction on four additional ships; Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast overseeing Navy ship construction projects and Foreign Military Sales work in shipyards along the Gulf Coast and Wisconsin; and as the commanding officer of the Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) where he led ship maintenance and repair efforts.
Galinis' first flag assignment was commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center during which time he also assumed the duties of deputy commander for surface warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command. He was responsible for managing critical ship modernization and maintenance, training, foreign military support contracts and inactivation programs.
Currently, Galinis is serving as program executive officer, ships, where he is responsible for Navy shipbuilding for surface combatants, amphibious ships, logistics support ships, support craft and related foreign military sales.
Galinis has received various personal, unit and service awards including the Navy Battle "E" Award (three awards).