Military Bios

Rear Admiral William J. McCarthy:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Carrier Group Eight Commander, George Washington Strike Group
Rear Admiral Bill McCarthy is a native of Teaneck, N.J. A 1976 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, he was commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC program. Designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1977, he spent the majority of his career flying the E-2C Hawkeye. Operational flying tours included VAW-125, VAW-121, and VAW-126. While serving as Executive Officer of VAW-126, he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Following command of VAW-126, Rear Adm. McCarthy served on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group Four. Upon completion of the Navy's nuclear power training program, he reported as Prospective Executive Officer, John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Following the ship's commissioning, he served as Executive Officer.
In 1997, under Rear Admiral McCarthy’s command, the Fast Combat Support Ship, USS Detroit (AOE 4) completed a successful Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf deployment, earning the Chief of Naval Operations Ship-Helo Safety Award and the Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Battle Efficiency Award.
Rear Adm. McCarthy commanded the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) from November 1999 until April 2002. During that period, the ship's crew earned the Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency Award and the Battenburg Cup twice, as well as the Flatley Award, and the inaugural Rear Admiral J. D. Ramage Award as the Outstanding Ship-Air Wing Team in the Navy.
A U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate, his shore duty assignments included the Naval Air Test Center, the USNTPS faculty, and the Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters. A graduate of the Air War College, he earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala., concurrent with his war college studies. Selected to flag rank in April 2002, after a temporary assignment on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he served on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center from August 2002 until June 2004.
Rear Adm. McCarthy has flown over thirty different military aircraft, accumulating over 4,000 flight hours and 700 arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), and the Air Medal (individual and Strike/Flight awards), as well as other individual, unit, and campaign awards.
Updated: 9 July 2004


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