Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Garland P. "Gar" Wright, Jr.


Rear Admiral Garland  P.  "Gar" Wright, Jr.

Rear Adm. (ret) Wright is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he was co-captain of Navy’s first National Championship Sailing team and named an intercollegiate All American.

After designation as a naval flight officer he served with Sea Control Squadron (VS) 38 Red Griffins, followed by an instructor tour with the Irish Mists of VS-41 and a staff tour with Air Anti-submarine Warfare Wing Pacific. In 1986 he accepted a Navy Reserve (NR) commission.

NR command tours include: NR USS Constellation (CV 64) 0294, NR Tactical Support Center 1294, NR Naval Air Station North Island 0194, NR Force Protection/Law Enforcement Physical Security Unit 0194, NR Naval Air Forces Pacific 1094.

Non-command assignments included service with: VS-0294 Moonlighters, NR Joint Force Air Component Command 0194, NR Area Air Defense Command Pacific, and Command Leadership School where he served as the force-wide director for Navy Reserve Leadership Training.

Wright’s first flag assignment was as the Maritime Operations Center director, and deputy for Maritime Homeland Defense for U.S. 3rd Fleet. From August 2007 to October 2008 he was mobilized, first as deputy and then as commander Joint Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations), Multi-National Force Iraq. Following an assignment as deputy commander, Navy Region Southwest, he served as deputy chief of the Navy Reserve from September 2009 to September 2010.

His last assignment was as deputy director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Wright’s decorations include the Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various other campaign and personal awards.

Updated: 16 July 2013