James A. Winnefeld, Jr.
|James A. Winnefeld, Jr.|
|Birth name||James Alexander Winnefeld, Jr.|
April 24, 1956 |
Coronado, California, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1978–present|
|Commands held||Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
U.S. Northern Command
North American Aerospace Defense Command
U.S. Sixth Fleet
Carrier Strike Group Two
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
USS Cleveland (LPD-7)
|Battles/wars||Operation Desert Shield
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Cross (Canada)
James Alexander "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr. (born April 24, 1956) is a United States Navy four-star admiral who currently serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served as the fourth Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the 21st Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) from May 19, 2010 to August 3, 2011. Prior to that, Winnefeld served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff which he concurrently served as the Senior Member, U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Military Staff Committee. His other operational commands include serving as the Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Commander, Allied Joint Command Lisbon. As the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Winnefeld is the second highest-ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces, second only to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He assumed his current assignment on August 4, 2011.
Winnefeld graduated from Georgia Tech in 1978 with high honors in Aerospace Engineering and received his commission via the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program. While at Georgia Tech, Winnefield was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After designation as a naval aviator, he served with two fighter squadrons and as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). Winnefeld went on to graduate with the highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College off-campus program. He is a recipient of the Admiral William J. Crowe Award as Joint Staff Action Officer of the Year and the Vice Admiral William W. Behrens, Jr. award as the honor graduate of his Navy nuclear power school class.
His command tours include Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211), USS Cleveland (LPD-7) and as the 17th commanding officer of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He led Enterprise through her 18th deployment, which included combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom immediately after the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001. As commander, Carrier Strike Group 2/Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, he led Task Forces 50, 152 and 58 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime interception operations in the Persian Gulf. He most recently served concurrently as Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet; Commander, Allied Joint Command Lisbon; Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; and Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander, Europe.
His shore tours include service as an action officer in the Joint Staff Operations Directorate, as senior aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. As a flag officer he served ashore as Director, Warfare Programs and Transformational Concepts, United States Fleet Forces Command and as Director, Joint Innovation and Experimentation at United States Joint Forces Command.
September 11 attacks 
Winnefeld was the commanding officer of the Enterprise during the time period of the September 11 attacks. Enterprise was returning home to port after a six month deployment near the Persian Gulf. The crew was watching television at sea on 9/11/01 and observed the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 airliner strike the south tower of the World Trade Center. Acting without authorization from the National Command Authority, then-Captain Winnefeld, gave the order to put the ship's rudder over (180° degree turn) to return to the Persian Gulf. The carrier's aircraft were within range of Syria by the next morning. For over three weeks, aircraft from Enterprise flew nearly 700 missions and dropped large amounts of ordnance over Syria. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Vern Clark praised Winnefeld and credited him for taking initiative as well as for Enterprise's crew readiness.
Military awards 
- U.S. Military decorations
He's also a recipient of the William J. Crowe, William W. Behrens, Jr. awards and the 2012 recipient of the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.
Image gallery 
- "NROTC Alum Winnefeld Nominated by Obama to Joint Chiefs". Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- Flag Officer Announcement July 22, 2008
- "Bush: "The might of our Navy is needed again"". Sea Power. 2002. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
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|Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
Commander of the United States Northern Command
|Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff