Rear Adm. Alma Grocki (nee Lau) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the first woman from Hawaii appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science. Her first assignment was to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a Non-nuclear Ship Superintendent for USS Tullibee (SSN 597) and Submarine NR-1. During this time, she also completed her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.
She returned to Hawaii as the billeting officer, Pearl Harbor Naval Station, then transferred to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and was accepted into the engineering duty officer (EDO) community in 1985. While stationed at the shipyard she was the ship superintendent for several surface ships and senior ship superintendent for numerous submarine availabilities, and became the first woman officer to accompany her boat on post-availability sea trials. Following Nuclear Ship Superintendent School, she served as the shipyard docking officer and nuclear ship superintendent for the decommissioning of USS Skate (SSN 578) and USS Sargo (SSN 583).
Grocki transferred to the Navy Reserve in 1988. Her commanding officer assignments included Naval Reserve (NR) Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Portsmouth, Virginia; NR SIMA Everett, Washington; NR USS Frank Cable (AS 40), San Diego; NR Naval Submarine Support Command, Pearl Harbor; NR Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington; NR Naval Undersea Warfare Command, Keyport, Washington, and NR Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) 102, Bremerton, before becoming a plankowner and the first national director for the SurgeMain program. Other significant duties included NR engineering duty community training director and NR engineering duty community mentorship lead for the Industrial Maintenance Group. Her most recent reserve assignment was commanding officer, NAVSEA Headquarters Unit and NAVSEA NR chief of staff. Concurrently, in the past five years, she also served on active duty for extensive periods as deputy operations officer, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Industrial Maintenance Facility and director of Submarine Maintenance, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Grocki most recently served on active duty as the director, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, leading and directing maintenance efforts and programs for Pacific Fleet surface ship and submarine assets. She is the senior reserve EDO and is currently assigned on active duty as the deputy commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
In her civilian career she has worked for CACI Dynamic Systems, Inc. as a deputy program manager for shipyard training projects, a member of the NAVSEA Dry Dock Audit team and a senior engineer assisting Fleet Maintenance Information Technology programs. She also serves as a volunteer blue & gold officer (BGO) for the U.S. Naval Academy, and the BGO area coordinator (AC) for Hawaii and the Western Pacific, assisting high school students, fleet Marines and Sailors applying for admission.
Grocki’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards).