David E. Jeremiah

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David E. Jeremiah
Admiral David E. Jeremiah in 1990
Born(1934-02-25)February 25, 1934
Portland, Oregon, US
DiedOctober 7, 2013(2013-10-07) (aged 79)
Bethesda, Maryland, US
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1956–1994
Commands heldChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
United States Pacific Fleet
Task Force 60
USS Preble
Battles/warsVietnam War
Operation El Dorado Canyon
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (5)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Other workinvestment banking
President, Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation

David Elmer Jeremiah (February 25, 1934 – October 7, 2013) was a United States Navy admiral who served as the second vice chairman and also the acting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After his retirement from the Navy in February 1994, he worked in the field of investment banking. He served as partner and President, CEO and later Chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation,[1] a strategic advisory and investment banking firm engaged primarily in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and electronics industries. During his military career Jeremiah earned a reputation as an authority on strategic planning, financial management and the policy implications of advanced technology.

Naval career[edit]

Jeremiah served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Generals Colin L. Powell and John M. Shalikashvili. He was a key player for both Chairmen in the transition to a post-Cold War military. Jeremiah was also the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet from 1987 to 1991.[citation needed]

He commanded a task force, battle group and destroyer squadron in earlier tours in the Mediterranean. He served as commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Preble from 1974 to 1976.[2] In October 1985 he directed the attempt to capture the hijackers of the MS Achille Lauro and in April 1986 led combat operations against Libya in the Gulf of Sidra. Ashore, Jeremiah served as Director, Navy Program Planning and in financial planning positions on the staffs of the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Naval Operations.

Dates of rank[edit]

Ensign Lieutenant (junior grade) Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Commander Captain
O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6
March 30, 1956 September 30, 1957 May 1, 1960 May 1, 1965 September 1, 1969 April 1, 1977
Commodore Rear Admiral Vice Admiral Admiral
O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10
October 1, 1983 April 1, 1985 July 1, 1986 October 1, 1987


Awards and decorations[edit]

Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Surface Warfare Officer Pin
Defense Distinguished Service Medal | Navy Distinguished Service Medal with four gold award stars
Army Distinguished Service Medal Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with award star Meritorious Service Medal with award star Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze service star
Presidential Citizens Medal (presented by George H. W. Bush for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm) Navy Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal with service star
Vietnam Service Medal with seven service stars Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two service stars Order of National Security Merit, Tongil Medal (South Korea)
Order of National Security Merit, Samil Medal (South Korea) The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, Knight Grand Cross (Thailand) Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon (Japan)
Order of Australia, Honorary Officer (He was the first foreign appointment to the Order's Military Division)[citation needed] Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Vietnam Campaign Medal
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

He also received the University of Oregon Pioneer Award for Distinguished Graduates.

Organizational affiliations[edit]

Jeremiah was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wackenhut Services, Inc. and served on the Boards of Directors for Geobiotics, LLC, Todd Shipyards Corporation, ManTech International Corporation and the Board of Trustees for MITRE Corporation and In-Q-Tel and advisory boards for Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Jeremiah served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the George Bush Presidential Library Advisory Council and a National Reconnaissance Office Advisory Panel.


Jeremiah earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in Financial Management from George Washington University. He completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.[1]


Jeremiah died on October 7, 2013, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, aged 79. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "DAVID JEREMIAH Obituary - Vienna, VA". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ "USS Preble Commanding Officers". www.usspreble.org. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  3. ^ The Chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1949-2016 (PDF) (3 ed.). Joint History Office. June 21, 2019. p. 284. ISBN 978-1075301711.

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Military offices
Preceded by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Succeeded by
Preceded by Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
October 1993
Succeeded by