Admiral Roughead is a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He became the 29th Chief of Naval Operations in September of 2007, after holding six operational commands. He is one of only two officers in the history of the Navy to have commanded both the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets.
Ashore he served as the Commandant, U.S. Naval Academy where he led the strategic planning effort that underpinned that institution's first capital campaign. He was the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs, responsible for the Department of the Navy's interaction with Congress. Admiral Roughead was also the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command during the massive relief effort following the tsunami of 2004.
As the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Roughead successfully guided the Navy through a challenging period of transition in fiscal, security and personnel matters. He stabilized and accelerated ship and aircraft procurement plans, accelerated the Navy's capability and capacity in ballistic missile defense and unmanned air and underwater systems, and directed the service's investigation of climate change and alternative energy. He reestablished the 4th and 10th Fleets to better focus on the Western Hemisphere and cyber operations respectively. Admiral Roughead introduced bold programs to prepare for the primacy of information in warfare, and was in the forefront in using social media within the Navy. He also led the Navy through changes in law and personnel policy to draw more inclusively than ever before upon the Navy's greatest strength, its Sailors.
Admiral Roughead is the recipient of 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. He has also received awards from several foreign governments.
In retirement, Admiral Roughead is an Annenberg Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and serves on the boards of directors of the Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Center for a New American Security. He is a Trustee of Dodge and Cox Funds, serves on the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He advises several companies in the national security and medical sectors and is the Co-Chair, with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, of the North American Forum.