Ann E. Rondeau

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Ann E. Rondeau
Rondeau reviews the recruits during a Pass-in-Review Ceremony held on Ross Field, Great Lakes, Illinois (IL).
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1974-2012
Rank Vice Admiral
Unit President, National Defense University
Commands held Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy;Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal(2 awards), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards)

Ann E. Rondeau is a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral. Vice Admiral Rondeau currently serves as a consultant with Rondeau Consulting, LLC, Allen Austin Global Executive Search, Strategy & Implementation Solutions and the IBM Watson Group.

She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors [1] and a member of the Executive Committee of Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[2] She retired as a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy on April 11, 2012. She last served as President of the National Defense University.[3]


Vice Admiral Rondeau is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Beacon, New York. She graduated with a degree in history in 1973 from Eisenhower College, where she was selected by the Board of Trustees as "Most Distinguished Graduate" and received the Groben Award for Leadership. She also attended Northern Illinois University and Georgetown University.

In the Navy, Vice Admiral Rondeau served in leadership, staff and command assignments in myriad mission areas: fleet operations (anti-submarine warfare, air operations, intelligence, maritime transportation and sealift), strategy and policy, political-military affairs, training and education, business enterprise, strategic logistics and shore installations. She was selected as a White House Fellow, a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group Fellow, and permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

As president of NDU, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace, and served as a Department of Defense liaison to The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.[3] Ann is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

She is a member of the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), a member of the National Defense Transportation Association [4] and serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of one of the nation's leading distance learning education entities, American Public University System.[5]

She is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Co-Chair of the newly formed Commission on Quality Assurance and Alternative Higher Education.(CHEA) She is also on the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund.[6] She is on the Board of Directors for the Association of the United States Navy [7] Vice Admiral Rondeau received the New York City USO 2008 Woman of the Year award,[8] and is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the American Public University System.

In January 2013, Ann was the recipient of The Women's Center's Leadership Award in recognition of service as a leader with the United States Navy. Focused on public service, Ann engages in volunteer and pro bono work. She is also frequently a guest lecturer in classes at The Albright Institute at Wellesley College and George Washington University, and is a speaker at myriad other public engagements with topics spanning leadership, women as leaders, national security, public policy, strategy, defense issues, strategic leadership and organizational strategy. She was the keynote speaker at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) in 2013 and 2014. She is currently working toward certification in Fundraising and non-profit management at the Lilly School Of Philanthropy.

Naval career[edit]

Vice Adm. Rondeau earned her commission in 1974 through Officer Candidate School. Subsequent assignments include Navy Staff in the NATO/Europe section of the Strategy, Plans and Policy Division; Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant for Policy Analysis; the Office of African Affairs; Special Assistant to the Attorney General for National Security Affairs (as a White House Fellow); Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel as Assistant for Political-Military Analysis; Military Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Shore Installations for Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Staff.[3]

Her early leadership tours include serving as the Air Intelligence Officer and Operations Officer for VP-50, the Executive Officer for Fast Sealift Squadron One (FSS-1), the Officer-in-Charge of Military Sealift Command Unit (New Orleans), and as a Battalion Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy. Vice Adm. Rondeau has also held many senior command positions, to include: Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy and at Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tennessee; Commander of Naval Training Center Great Lakes and subsequently, the first Commander of Naval Service Training Command, which was established June 30, 2003. Following those tours, Vice Adm. Rondeau assumed command of Naval Personnel Development Command in November 2004, and later became the Director of Navy Staff (DNS) in August 2005.

Vice Adm. Rondeau is Surface Warfare qualified, training on both MSC Merchant Marine vessels and United States Navy combatants. She holds subspecialty qualifications in political-military affairs, operations intelligence, operations analysis, strategy and planning and military transportation.


  • 1974 - 1976 Commander, Pacific Fleet, Fleet Communications
  • 1976 - 1980 Patrol Squadron Fifty, Air Intelligence Officer and Operations Officer
  • 1980 - 1982 Georgetown University
  • 1982 - 1983 Navy Staff (Strategy and Policy/NATO-Europe Branch)
  • 1983 - 1984 Office of Secretary of Defense (Policy Analysis)
  • 1984 - 1985 Office of Secretary of Defense (African Affairs)
  • 1985 - 1986 White House Fellow (Department of Justice)
  • 1985 - 1987 Special Assistant for National Security Affairs to the United States Attorney General
  • 1987 - 1989 Executive Officer, Fast Sealift Squadron One
  • 1987 - 1989 Officer in Charge, Military Sealift Command Unit, New Orleans
  • 1989 - 1990 CNO Executive Panel
  • 1990 - 1992 Battalion Officer, United States Naval Academy
  • 1992 - 1994 Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy
  • 1994 - 1995 CNO Fellow, Strategic Studies Group (Naval War College)
  • 1995 - 1996 Military Assistant to Principal Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)
  • 1996 - 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review
  • 1997 - 1999 Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity, Millington, TN
  • 1999 - 2001 ACOS for Shore Installations (Commander, Pacific Fleet Staff)
  • 2001 - 2004 Commander, Naval Training Command and Naval Service Training Command
  • 2004 - 2005 Commander, Naval Personnel Development Command
  • 2005 - 2006 Director, Navy Staff
  • 2006 - 2009 Deputy Commander, United States Transportation Command
  • 2009 – 2012 President, National Defense University


After graduating in 1973 from Eisenhower College, Vice Adm. Rondeau went on to achieve a master's degree in Comparative Government from Georgetown University and a doctorate in Education at Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Public Service from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.[3]


  • 1973 Bachelor’s degree in history from Eisenhower College
  • 1973 Officer Candidate School
  • 1974 Information Systems Officers School and Nuclear Weapons School
  • 1977 Naval Intelligence Officers School
  • 1982 Master’s degree in comparative government from Georgetown University
  • 1985 White House Fellow
  • 1987 MTMC Port Operations Course
  • 1995 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fellow, Strategic Studies Group (Naval War College)
  • 1997 Prospective Commanding Officer Shore Station Command Course
  • 2000 Navy Executive Business Course (Naval Postgraduate School)
  • 2001 Capstone (National Defense University)
  • 2004 Leadership at the Peak (Center for Creative Leadership)
  • 2004 Navy Corporate Business Course (Senior Executive Course, Keenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • 2008 Pinnacle (National Defense University)
  • 2010 EdD from Northern Illinois University (Uses of Applied Research and Research Institutions Toward Benefit to Society and Public Policy with Focus on Center for Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction)

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Vice Admiral Rondeau's personal awards include:[3]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (4 awards)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
Gold star
Gold star
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards)
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards)

See also[edit]

Women in the United States Navy


  1. ^ "NACD Home". WebSite. NACD. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  2. ^ "CHEA Home". WebSite. CHEA. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau USN". Biographies. United States Navy. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  4. ^ "NDTA Home". WebSite. NDTA. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. ^ Rondeau, Ann. "APUS Board of Trustees". website. APUS. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ Rondeau, Ann. "German Marshall Fund". website. GMFUS. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  7. ^ "AUSNBOD". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  8. ^ "NY USO Woman of the Year". WebSite. United States Navy. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
LtGen Frances C. Wilson, USMC
President of the National Defense University
Succeeded by
MG Gregg F. Martin, Ph.D., USA