Military Bios

Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command/ North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Admiral Giambastiani serves as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and the commander, U. S. Joint Forces Command (CDRUSJFCOM). Both headquarters are located in Norfolk, Va.
As one of two NATO strategic commanders, Adm. Giambastiani leads the transformation of NATO military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of the Alliance. As CDRUSJFCOM, Adm. Giambastiani is responsible for maximizing future and present military capabilities of the United States by leading the transformation of joint forces through enhanced joint concept development and experimentation, identifying joint requirements, advancing interoperability, conducting joint training and providing ready U.S. forces and capabilities all in support of U.S. combatant commanders around the world. Adm. Giambastiani exercises combatant command of approximately 1.1 million personnel through his Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service components.
Adm. Giambastiani's assignments have included several in which he was responsible for development of new technologies and experimental processes. Early sea assignments included USS Puffer (SSN 652) and USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657). While assigned to Puffer, he was a 1973 winner of the Fleet Commander's Junior Officer Submarine Shiphandling Competition. He commanded Submarine NR-1, the Navy's only nuclear powered deep diving ocean engineering and research submarine, and USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) where the crew was awarded three consecutive Battle Efficiency "E"s, three Navy Unit Commendations, and two Fleet Commander Silver Anchors for excellence in enlisted retention.
Adm. Giambastiani also led Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, an attack submarine squadron that serves as the Navy's Warfare Center of Excellence for submarine doctrine and tactics. Established in 1949, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve is the oldest experimental unit of its kind in the U.S. military. He also served as the first director of strategy and concepts at the Naval Doctrine Command, as well as commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet ; commander, Submarines Allied Command Atlantic; and commander, Anti-Submarine and Reconnaissance Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Va. In this last job, as the Navy's operational submarine leader, Adm. Giambastiani focused the submarine force on the nation's new security challenges and worked to integrate submarine capabilities in Navy and joint operations.
Adm. Giambastiani's other shore and staff assignments include duties as an enlisted program manager on the staff of the Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in the early days of the all volunteer force; special assistant to the deputy director for intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency; and, a one-year fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group. As a flag officer, he served as the deputy chief of staff for resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments for the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; director of the Submarine Warfare Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments (OPNAV N8); and as the senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
A native of Canastota, N. Y., Adm. Giambastiani graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with leadership distinction in 1970. He has been awarded numerous decorations but is most proud of the eight Battle Efficiency Es, five Navy Unit Commendations and five Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations because they recognize the participation and accomplishments of all crew members.
Updated: 21 April 2005


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