Military Bios

Rear Admiral Anthony L. Winns:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Deputy Director, Air Warfare (N78F) Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations
Rear Admiral Winns graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, earning a bachelor of science degree in June 1978. He completed initial flight training at NAS Pensacola, Fla., and advanced navigator training at Mather AFB, Calif., where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1980.
Following initial P-3 training at Patrol Squadron Thirty-One (VP-31), Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to Patrol Squadron Six (VP-6) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in July 1980. Flying the P-3B MOD aircraft, he served as Legal Officer and Aircraft Division Officer. He completed two deployments to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, and detachments throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
In January 1984, Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C. During his tour, he served in the Aviation Junior Officer Assignment Branch as Fixed Wing Initial Assignment Officer and VP Community Shore Duty Detailer.
In April 1986, Rear Adm. Winns reported aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), homeported in Mayport, Fla., as Operations Administration Officer. He qualified as Fleet Officer of the Deck Underway and Tactical Action Officer, and deployed to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Following this tour, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He graduated with distinction in December 1989, earning a Master of Science Degree in Financial Management.
After refresher training in Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), Rear Adm. Winns reported to Patrol Squadron Fifty-Six (VP-56) at NAS Jacksonville in June 1990. During this assignment, he served as Special Projects Officer and Administrative Officer, and deployed to Keflavik, Iceland. He then reported to Commander, Patrol Wing Eleven, as CNO Special Projects Officer.
Rear Adm. Winns served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11) from August 1992 to July 1994. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Eleven deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and participated in Bosnian Sharp Guard/Sharp Edge and Caribbean Drug operations. During the Sigonella deployment, the squadron became the first patrol squadron to employ the Maverick missile system. During his command tour, Patrol Squadron Eleven was awarded the coveted Battle "E", Golden Wrench Award for aircraft maintenance (fourth consecutive), and numerous unit awards.
From August 1994 to March 1995 Rear Adm. Winns was assigned to the Roles and Missions Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS Guam (LPH 9) from August 1995 to December 1996 and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. He reported aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) in December 1996 as the ship's Executive Officer and assumed command as Commanding Officer in May 1997. During his tour as Commanding Officer, Essex was awarded the Battle "E" and deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch.
Rear Adm. Winns was then assigned as the Policy Division Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. He became the first officer in his Naval Academy class to select for Flag rank in May 2000. He assumed duties as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32 on 22 June 2001. Admiral Winns reported to the Air Warfare Division of OPNAV (N78) in September 2003.
Rear Adm. Winns has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.
Updated: 27 May 2005


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