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ADM Christopher Grady, USN

ADM Christopher Grady, USN

Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
United States
A native of Newport, Rhode Island, Admiral Christopher W. Gradygraduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and receivedhis commission through the Naval Reserve Offi cers Training Corpsprogram. Grady is also a distinguished graduate of both GeorgetownUniversity, where he participated as a fellow in Foreign Service at theEdmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and the National WarCollege. A career Surface Warfare Offi cer, Grady served aboardUSS Moosbrugger (DD 980) as combat information center offi cer andantisubmarine warfare offi cer. As a department head, he served asweapons control offi cer and combat systems offi cer aboard USS Princeton (CG 59). He thencommanded Mine Countermeasures Rotational Crew Echo aboard USS Chief (MCM 14), and laterdeployed to the Arabian Gulf in command of USS Ardent (MCM 12). Grady subsequentlycommanded USS Cole (DDG 67), deploying as part of NATO's Standing Naval ForcesMediterranean. In command of Destroyer Squadron 22, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf as seacombat commander for the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in support of OperationsENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Ashore, Grady served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as naval aide to the Chief of NavalOperations, as the assistant branch head of the Europe and Eurasia Politico-Military AffairsBranch (OPNAV N524), as executive assistant to the Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs, as thedeputy executive secretary of the National Security Council in the White House, and as theexecutive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. 2/2 Hosted by Defense Media Activity - As a fl ag offi cer, he fi rst served as Director of Maritime Operations, Commander, U.S. Pacifi c Fleet(N2/3/5/7), then subsequently commanded Carrier Strike Group 1/Carl Vinson Carrier StrikeGroup, where he deployed for nearly 10 months to the Western Pacifi c and the Arabian Gulfconducting combat operations in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. He later served asCommander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic; Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet/Commander, Naval Strikingand Support Forces NATO/Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval ForcesAfrica. From May 2018 until December 2021, he served as the Commander, U.S. Fleet ForcesCommand, and the Naval Component Commander to both U.S. Northern Command and U.S.Strategic Command, as the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander for U.S. StrategicCommand and executed Task Force Atlantic in coordination with U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Admiral Grady was sworn-in as the twelfth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’ssecond highest-ranking military offi cer, on 20 December 2021. The admiral represents theChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Counciland chairs the Joint Requirement Oversight Council (JROC) which is responsible for reviewingand establishing acquisition priorities for major weapon systems amongst the military branches. He also co-chairs the Deputy’s Management Action Group (DMAG) and the Deputy’s WorkforceCouncil (DWC) with the deputy secretary of defense to address departmental budgetarypriorities and serves as the senior member of the Nuclear Weapons Council, responsible formanaging the atomic stockpile and coordinating nuclear weapon-related programs and budgets. The admiral is currently the Navy's "Old Salt", its longest-serving surface warfare offi cer on activeduty.