Military Bios

Rear Admiral (Select) William E. Gortney:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director for Operations, Plans and Policy Fleet Forces Command
Rear Admiral (Sel) William E. Gortney graduated from Elon College, N.C., in 1977, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He entered the Navy as an Aviation Officer Candidate (AOC), and received his commission as an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve in September 1977. Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney received his Wings of Gold in December 1978 while assigned to VT-7 in Meridian, Miss.
Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney’s command assignments include VFA-15, 1994-1995, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), VFA-106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, 1996-1997, and Carrier Air Wing Seven, 2002-2003, onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).
Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney’s fleet assignments include tours with VA-82, 1981-1984, onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); VFA-87, 1988-1990, onboard Theodore Roosevelt; Executive Officer, VFA-132, 1991-1992, onboard USS Forrestal (CV 59); Executive Officer, VFA-15, 1992-1994, onboard Theodore Roosevelt; and Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing Seven, 2000-2002, onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and John F. Kennedy.
Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney’s shore assignments include tours with VT-26 (T-2C) NAS Beeville, Texas, 1978-1980; VFA-125 (FA-18A/B), NAS Lemoore, Calif., 1984-1988; and Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), in Washington, D.C., 1990-1991. Additional training tours include VT-6 (T-28), VT-9 (T-2C), VA-174 (A-7E), VFA-125 and VFA-106 (F/A-18A/B/C/D). He is a 1996 graduate of the Naval War College, earning a Masters of Arts in International Security Affairs.
He served on the Joint Staff, J-33 Joint Operations Department, CENTCOM Division, 1998-1999, followed by a tour as Deputy for Current Operations, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia. Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney served as Chief, Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as Chief of Staff from June 2003 until July 2004. Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney reported to his current position as the Director for Operations, Plans and Policy, Fleet Forces Command, in Norfolk, Va., in August 2004.
Rear Adm. (Sel) Gortney has flown over 5300 flight hours and made over 1,200 carrier-arrested landings. He is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (three awards: Gold Numeral One, two Strike/Flight), Defense Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Effective: 23 November 2004


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