Barry M. Costello

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Barry M Costello
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VADM Barry M. Costello
Born Vermont
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1973-2007
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held US Third Fleet
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Navy Commendation Medal (2)

Vice Admiral Barry M. Costello was the Commander, US Third Fleet of the United States Navy, May 2005 - May 2007.


He is native of Rutland, Vermont.[1] He attended College of the Holy Cross and was commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC Program in 1973. Vice Admiral Costello reported as Commander, Third Fleet in May 2005 following a tour as Chief of Legislative Affairs.

His sea tours include: Navigator in Brownson; Weapons Officer in Whipple; Operations Officer of Destroyer Squadron Five; Executive Officer in Harry W. Hill; Commanding Officer in Elliot; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Third Fleet; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 23; Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group One, Constellation Strike Group Commander, and Commander Task Force 55 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He attended Albany Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor degree and is currently a member of the New York State Bar. He also attended the College of Naval Command and Staff where he was selected as honor graduate, graduating "With Distinction," and earned a master's of arts degree in Foreign Affairs. Additionally, he has participated in the National Security program at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Vice Admiral Costello's primary shore assignments include: Joint Planner in the Operational and Interoperability Directorate (J7), the Joint Staff, and Principal Deputy for Senate Liaison in the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs; and Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy (J5), the Joint Staff.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Vice Admiral Costello's personal decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star.

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This article contains information from the United States Federal Government and is in the public domain.

  • [1] Official Biography