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Michael M. Gilday

Michael Gilday is a United States Navy admiral who serves as Chief of Naval Operations. He previously served as Director of the Joint Staff. Before, he served as Commander of the Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command. Prior to that, Gilday served as the Commander of Carrier Strike Group 8.[1] On August 22, 2019, Gilday became the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations.

Michael Gilday
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Born (1962-10-10) October 10, 1962 (age 57)
Lowell, Massachusetts
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1985–present
Commands heldChief of Naval Operations
United States Tenth Fleet
Fleet Cyber Command
Carrier Strike Group 8
Destroyer Squadron 7
USS Benfold
USS Higgins
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal

Early life and educationEdit

Michael Martin Gilday was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Gilday is a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy as a Surface Warfare Officer; he has also graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.[1][2]

Naval careerEdit

Gilday's previous tours include duty with USS Chandler, USS Princeton, as well as commanding the USS Higgins and USS Benfold and Destroyer Squadron 7. He also had staff assignments on the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Chief of Naval Operation (Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate) and staff to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. His joint assignments include Naval Aide to the President and executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1][3]

As a flag officer, Gilday served as Director of Operations for NATO's Joint Force Command in Lisbon and Director of Operations for United States Cyber Command.[1] He assumed the duties of Commander, Fleet Cyber Command and United States Tenth Fleet on July 14, 2016,[4] was appointed Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in May 2018, and became Director of the Joint Staff from March 1, 2019.[5]

On July 11, 2019, Gilday was nominated for appointment as the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).[6] On August 1, the United States Senate voted unanimously to award Gilday a fourth star following the Senate Armed Services Committee's recommendation that he succeed Admiral John M. Richardson as CNO in September 2019.[7]

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "U.S. Navy bio". Department of the Navy. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ " - Chief of Naval Operations Bio". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  3. ^ "The Valley Dispatch: Lowell native leads Navy's Fleet Cyber Command". The Valley Dispatch. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "ExecutiveGov: Michael Gilday Succeeds Jan Tighe as US Fleet Cyber Command Chief". 19 July 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Vice Adm. Michael Gilday". 4 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Navy to nominate three-star for CNO". 11 July 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Inside the historic decision to deep-select the Navy's top officer". 6 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Military Times, Hall of Valor: Michael Martin Gilday". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by
Jan E. Tighe
Commander of United States Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command
Succeeded by
Timothy J. White
Preceded by
Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.
Director of the Joint Staff
Succeeded by
Glen D. VanHerck
Preceded by
John M. Richardson
Chief of Naval Operations
Order of precedence
Preceded by
James C. McConville
as Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Order of precedence of the United States
as Chief of Naval Operations

Succeeded by
Joseph L. Lengyel
as Chief of the National Guard Bureau