Military Bios

Rear Adm. Bruce W. Clingan:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three Commander, USS Carl Vinson Strike Group
Rear Adm. Bruce W. Clingan is a native of Lafayette, Ind., but was raised in Bellevue, Wash. He graduated from the University of Washington and holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Southern California. He received his commission through the NROTC program in June 1977.
Designated a Naval Aviator in May 1979, Rear Adm. Clingan flew F-14 Tomcats with Fighter Squadron One Two Four, Fighter Squadron One One Four and Fighter Squadron Two One One, completing deployments onboard USS America (CV 66), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He commanded Fighter Squadron One One, and after completing the nuclear power program, served as Executive Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Subsequently, he commanded the Sixth Fleet flagship USS LaSalle (AFG 3) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Ashore, Rear Adm. Clingan served as an F-14 Flight Instructor at Fighter Squadron One Two Four where he helped Naval Air Systems Command and Grumman Aerospace Corporation develop the F-14D Super Tomcat as a member of the Aircrew Systems Advisory Panel.
Rear Adm. Clingan’s Joint assignments include the Operations and Readiness Branch, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, where he helped negotiate various NATO/Spanish Coordination Agreements. After selection to flag rank, Rear Adm. Clingan joined United States Central Command, serving as Deputy Director of Operations from April 2002 to May 2004 during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Rear Adm. Clingan assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Three/Carl Vinson Strike Group on June 26, 2004.
Rear Adm. Clingan’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various service and campaign awards.
Updated: 25 February 2005


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