Military Bios

Rear Admiral Michael C. Vitale:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific
Rear Admiral Michael C. Vitale is from Endicott, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and received his commission upon his graduation from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Program in 1977.
Rear Adm. Vitale’s initial assignment was aboard USS Reeves (CG 24), a guided missile cruiser home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There he served as Damage Control Assistant and as Fire Control Officer. During his tour, Reeves conducted rescue operations off the coast of Vietnam and participated in the attempted rescue of U.S. hostages held in Iran.
Reporting to the Navy Recruiting District Indianapolis in January 1982, Rear Adm. Vitale served as an Officer Recruiter, and then as a trainer on the Navy Mobile Recruiting Team located in Orlando, Fla. Upon completion of Department Head School in October 1984, Rear Adm. Vitale was assigned as Combat Systems Officer (CSO) in USS Comte De Grasse (DDG 974) with a follow-on tour as CSO in USS Bainbridge (CGN 25).
Rear Adm. Vitale graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning) in December 1989. His follow-on assignment was as Executive Officer in USS Yorktown (CG 48), an Aegis guided missile cruiser homeported in Norfolk, Va. In 1992, Rear Adm. Vitale reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving in the Directorate for Plans and Interoperability until July 1994, when he subsequently attended the National War College in Washington, D.C., earning a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.
He commanded USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, from April 1996 until December 1997. He served as the Director of the Command Training Department at Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I., from January 1998 to August 1999 and then commanded Destroyer Squadron Two Four (CDS 24) in Mayport, Fla., until March 2001. After completing assignment as the Chief of Staff for Carrier Group Four (CCG 4) in Norfolk, Va., he was ordered in August 2003 to the Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C., as the Director of Navy Senate Liaison. Rear Adm. Vitale was nominated in March 2004 for appointment to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half). He assumed his current position in August 2004.
In addition to various campaign and service decorations, Rear Adm. Vitale has been awarded the Legion of Merit (with two Gold Stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars), Navy Commendation Medal (with two Gold Stars), and the Navy Achievement Medal (with one Gold Star).
Updated: 22 March 2005


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