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Rear Admiral John M. Bird:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director for Operations, Plans, Logistics and Engineering United States Joint Forces Command
Rear Admiral Bird, the son of a career naval officer, lived throughout the United States during his childhood. In 1977 he graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Following completion of nuclear power and submarine training in March 1979, Rear Adm. Bird reported to USS Seahorse (SSN 669) in Charleston, S.C. During his 40 months aboard Seahorse, Rear Adm. Bird deployed to the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and circumnavigated the globe. He completed qualification in submarines and qualification as an Engineer Officer.
After graduation from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in November 1982, Rear Adm. Bird was assigned as Engineer Officer on board USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641) in Kings Bay, Ga., where he completed four strategic deterrent patrols. In December 1984, he was assigned as Navigator and Operations Officer on board USS Sea Devil (SSN 664) in Charleston, S.C. During this two-year tour he deployed to the North Atlantic and completed a fifty-day under-ice Arctic Ocean deployment at included surfacing at the North Pole.
In November 1986, Rear Adm. Bird reported to the staff of Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, in Norfolk, Va., where he served as Flag Secretary until January 1989. Following this assignment he reported to the Joint and Combined Staff Officer School at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk for a six-month course of study. In September 1989, Rear Adm. Bird was assigned as Executive Officer of USS Tunny (SSN 682). During his two-year tour, Tunny completed a refueling overhaul in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and changed homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Rear Adm. Bird reported to the OPNAV (OP-02) staff in November 1991 as OP-223C (Readiness and Tactics section for Undersea Warfare). After six months, he was reassigned to the SECNAV staff, Navy Comptroller in the Office of Congressional Affairs. During his tour in Washington, Rear Adm. Bird earned a master's of science degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America and completed the MIT Seminar XXI in Foreign Politics, International Relations and National Security.
In March of 1994, Rear Adm. Bird relieved as Commanding Officer, USS Scranton (SSN 756) in Norfolk. During his tour he deployed to the North Atlantic, western Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf. Scranton earned the SUBRON SIX Battle Efficiency "E" for two consecutive years in 1994 and 1995, was the submarine finalist for the 1994 Battenberg Cup and was awarded the Rear Adm. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award. In 1997, Rear Adm. Bird was awarded the Naval Submarine League's Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command. In November 1996, he was relieved as Commanding Officer and reported to Commander, Submarine Squadron Eight as Deputy Commander.
Rear Adm. Bird reported in May 1997 for duty as Special Assistant (Legislative Matters) to the Chief of Naval Personnel. In August of 1999, Rear Adm. Bird relieved as Commander, Submarine Squadron Eight in Norfolk, where he commanded eight operational fast attack 688-class nuclear submarines. In April of 2001, he reported to the Joint Staff (J-5) as the Division Chief for Central, South and Southeast Asia; after one year in June of 2002 he took over as the Assistant Deputy Director for Pol-Mil Affairs Asia J5.
In July 2003, Rear Adm. Bird reported to Director for Operations, Plans, Logistics and Engineering, U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk.
Updated: 1 December 2003

 

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