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Rear Adm. Henry G. Chiles Jr.
July, 1985 -- June, 1986

Adm. Henry Goodman Chiles Jr., was born on Jan, 5,1938 in Baltimore, Md. He was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956 and was commissioned an ensign on June 6, 1960. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

His first tour of duty was on USS Bone (DD-704) from July, 1960 to September, 1961. He attended the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Ct. until September, 1962 and then Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Schenectady N.Y. He was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) while at Groton.

His first submarine duty was with USS Triton (SSN-586) from April, 1963 to January, 1966. While on board Triton, he was promoted to lieutenant.

Next he was stationed with USS Tecumseh (SSBN-628) (blue) from January, 1966 to February, 1968. He was on the staff of commander, Submarine Squadron 15 as the Material Officer until June, 1970, where he made lieutenant commander. He reported to the pre-commissioning unit USS Drum (SSN-677) and served as its executive officer until September, 1973, then reported for duty at the U.S. Naval Activities, United Kingdom. While here, he studied at Keble College, Oxford University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign Affairs. He was also designated a Chief of Naval Operations Scholar. Upon his departure in September, 1975, he was promoted to commander.

He served at commander, Submarine Pacific under instruction until December, 1975 and then reported to USS Gurnard (SSN-662) in February, 1976. Following an under ice Arctic Ocean deployment, he assumed command of the submarine in May, 1976. The submarine also conducted a refueling overhaul in record time and a Western Pacific deployment before he departed in March, 1980.

From April, 1980 until July, 1983, the admiral was special assistant to the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, U.S. Department of Energy, conducting fleet liaison and directing the prospective commanding officer’s course. He was promoted to captain while at this assignment.

He next served as commander, Submarine Squadron Three until July, 1985 and then reported to NTC as center commander. He served as director, Strategic Submarine Division and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for undersea warfare between July, 1985 and September, 1987 and was promoted to rear admiral (lower half). In 1986, he received a masters of arts degree in foreign Affairs from Keble College, Oxford University studying politics, philosophy and economics.

Adm. Chiles became commander, Submarine Group Eight and commander, Allied Submarines, Mediterranean in Naples, Italy until December, 1990. While here, he received his second star. In December, 1990, he assumed duties as commander, Submarine forces, U.S. Atlantic fleet and as commander, Submarines Allied Command Atlantic, a NATO post.

Adm. Chiles became the deputy commander-in-chief and chief of staff, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air force Base, Neb. in September, 1993. As of February 14, 1994, he has served as commander-in-chief of that command. During his career, he has received the Legion of Merit with three gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of a second award; the Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze star; a Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to Submarine Squadron 15; a Navy E Ribbon with two “Es’; a Navy Expeditionary Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; and an Overseas Service Ribbon.

He is married to the former Katherine L. Pearson and they have three sons: John, Peter and Henry.

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