Friday, April 30, 2010

Two Top Military Officials Scheduled to Visit FAMU

Two of the U.S. military highest ranking officials will visit Florida A&M University (FAMU) over the next two days, Admiral Mike Mullen, the 17th Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and principal military advisor to the President, and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead.

Admiral Gary Roughead will administer the oath of office and give the keynote speech for the NROTC commissioning ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 30, at 10 a.m. in the courtyard of the Capitol State Building.

“The importance for our new officers in having the opportunity of being commissioned by the Chief of Naval Operations, the highest ranking Navy official in the country, cannot be overstated,” said Col Elvis E. Blumenstock, USMC, FAMU NROTC Commanding Officer. “It drives home the importance of the oath they are taking in service to our country, our constitution, our fellow citizens and our comrades.”

Following the ceremony, FAMU administrators, faculty and staff will meet with Admiral Roughead to discuss how FAMU and the Department of the Navy can forge a stronger relationship for the common goal of enhancing the number of science, technology, engineering and math majors.

FAMU has scheduled a press conference to discuss Admiral Roughead’s visit on Friday, April 30, at 1:15 p.m. in the lobby of Lee Hall.

Admiral Mike Mullen, the 17th Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the keynote speaker for the 9 a.m. spring commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 1, in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Teaching Center Gymnasium.

Admiral Mullen was sworn in on October 1, 2007. He serves as the principal military advisor to President Barack Obama, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968.

Admiral Mullen commanded three ships: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG 56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20) and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48).

As a flag officer, Mullen commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group and the U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.

Ashore he has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy staff. He was the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004.

His last operational assignment was as commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

Mullen is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a master of science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Prior to becoming chairman, Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.

Admiral Roughead is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Among his six operational commands, Roughead was the first officer to command both classes of Aegis ships, having commanded USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Port Royal (CG 73).

As a flag officer, Roughead commanded Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group; and U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic and Naval Forces North Fleet East.

Ashore, he served as commandant, United States Naval Academy, the Department of the Navy’s chief of legislative affairs, and as deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

Roughead is one of only two officers to have commanded the fleets in the Pacific and Atlantic, commanding the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Joint Task Force 519, as well as U.S. Fleet Forces Command, where he was responsible for ensuring Navy forces were trained, ready, equipped and prepared to operate around the world, where and when needed

Roughead's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.

Roughead became the 29th chief of naval operations September 29, 2007.


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