Military Bios

Rear Admiral Michael C. Tracy:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two
Rear Admiral Tracy, a native of New Orleans, La., graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in June 1975. He earned his Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in the following year.
Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN 610), USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636) and USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), completing eight deterrent patrols and three major deployments. Ashore, he served on the faculty at the United States Naval Academy, where he earned the William P. Clements Award for educational excellence as the top military instructor. He also served as a Special Assistant to the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, Department of Energy, in Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Tracy took command of USS Newport News (SSN 750) in February 1992. He guided the ship through three deployments in three different theaters. During his tour, Newport News was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and two consecutive awards of both the Battle Efficiency E and Red Engineering E. He was one of three CINCLANTFLT finalists for the 1994 Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership in command.
Rear Adm. Tracy was a senior member of the COMSUBLANT Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team and served as Deputy Director of the Submarine/Nuclear Power Officer Distribution Control Division at BUPERS. In July 1997, he took command of Submarine Squadron Eight, an attack submarine squadron consisting of nine submarines, a tender, a floating drydock, and a submarine torpedo facility. He served as the Atlantic Submarine Force Chief of Staff prior to attaining flag rank in March 2001.
As a flag officer, Rear Adm. Tracy served as Commander, Submarine Group Two and Navy Region Northeast until April 2003. He was the Director of Submarine Warfare (N77) on the OPNAV Staff prior to assignment as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two (The USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group).
Updated: 2 June 2004


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