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David Elmer Jeremiah (February 25, 1934 – October 7, 2013) was a United States Navy admiral who served as Vice Chairman and also acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After his retirement from the Navy in February 1994, he worked in the field of investment banking. He served as partner and President, CEO and later Chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation,[1] a strategic advisory and investment banking firm engaged primarily in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and electronics industries. During his military career Jeremiah earned a reputation as an authority on strategic planning, financial management and the policy implications of advanced technology.

David E. Jeremiah
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Admiral David E. Jeremiah in 1990
Born(1934-02-25)February 25, 1934
Portland, Oregon
DiedOctober 7, 2013(2013-10-07) (aged 79)
Bethesda, Maryland
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1956–1994
Commands heldChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (acting)
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
United States Pacific Fleet
Task Force 60
USS Preble
Battles/warsVietnam War
Operation El Dorado Canyon
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (5)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Other workinvestment banking
President, Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation

Naval careerEdit

Jeremiah served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Generals Colin L. Powell and John M. Shalikashvili. He was a key player for both Chairmen in the transition to a post-Cold War military. Jeremiah was also the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet from 1987 to 1991.

He commanded a task force, battle group and destroyer squadron in earlier tours in the Mediterranean. In October 1985 he directed the attempt to capture the hijackers of the MS Achille Lauro and in April 1986 led combat operations against Libya in the Gulf of Sidra. He served as commanding officer of the USS Preble (DDG-46) from 1974–1976.[2] Ashore, Jeremiah served as Director, Navy Program Planning and in financial planning positions on the staffs of the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Naval Operations.

Awards and decorationsEdit

Organizational affiliationsEdit

Jeremiah was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wackenhut Services, Inc. and served on the Boards of Directors for Geobiotics, LLC, Todd Shipyards Corporation, ManTech International Corporation and the Board of Trustees for MITRE Corporation and In-Q-Tel and advisory boards for Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Jeremiah served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the George Bush Presidential Library Advisory Council and a National Reconnaissance Office Advisory Panel.


Jeremiah earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in Financial Management from George Washington University. He completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.[1]


Jeremiah died on October 7, 2013 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, aged 79. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "DAVID JEREMIAH Obituary - Vienna, VA". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ "USS Preble Commanding Officers". Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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