Scott R. Van Buskirk
|Scott R. Van Buskirk|
Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1979 – 2013|
A native of Petaluma, California, Van Buskirk graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 56th Chief of Naval Personnel on Oct. 11, 2011. His responsibilities include overseeing the United States Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command, and Naval Education and Training Command.
Van Buskirk received a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and served tours in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel; and, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
At sea, he served on board USS Seawolf (SSN-575), USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716), USS Tunny (SSN 682), and USS Georgia (SSBN 729) Gold Crew, and commanded the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and Submarine Development Squadron 12. As a flag officer, he has served as commander, Task Force Total Force; deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Effects (MNF-Iraq); commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine; assistant deputy, Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5B); deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Van Buskirk served as the 47th commander of the United States Seventh Fleet, forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in 2010 and 2011. He commanded U.S. naval forces during Operation Tomodachi, providing assistance to Japan following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Awards and Decorations
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with one gold award star)|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit (with one silver and one gold award stars)|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Navy Commendation Medal (with four gold award stars)|
|Navy Achievement Medal|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy "E" Ribbon (with three E devices)|
|Navy Expeditionary Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)|
|Iraq Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with one silver service star)|
|Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon|
- 外国人叙勲受章者名簿 平成23年 日本国外務省（Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs）.
- HONORING THE DEDICATED SERVICE OF VICE ADMIRAL SCOTT VAN BUSKIRK by Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina on July 23, 2013.
- Ryan Zielonka. "Chronology of Operation Tomodachi". National Bureau of Asian Research. Retrieved December 7, 2011.