Military Bios

Rear Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two
In 1990 he reported to the Operations Directorate (J-3) of the Joint Staff, where he served in the Joint Operations Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and received the Admiral William J. Crowe Joint Staff Action Officer of the Year award. He then served as Senior Aide to General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Reporting to the VF-211 “Checkmates” in 1993 as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He subsequently reported to the Navy Nuclear Power School, where he received the Vice Admiral William W. Behrens, Jr. award as the honor graduate of his class. In October 1996, he reported to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), serving as Executive Officer during the ship’s maiden deployment.
Rear Adm. Winnefeld assumed command of USS Cleveland (LPD 7) in August 1998, participating in non-combatant evacuation contingency operations off Eritrea and maritime intercept and unmanned aerial vehicle operations in the Arabian Gulf. He assumed command of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in March 2000. He led “Big E” through her eighteenth deployment, supporting Carrier Air Wing Eight combat operations in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He subsequently served as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Adm. Winnefeld’s first flag assignment was Director, Warfare Programs and Transformational Concepts, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He graduated with Highest Distinction from the U. S. Naval War College off-campus program. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and five Battle Efficiency awards.
Updated: 2 December 2004


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