Edmund Giambastiani

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Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr.
Giambastiani - 27 Feb 07.jpg
Giambastiani in February 2007
Born (1948-05-04) May 4, 1948 (age 74)
Canastota, New York, United States
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1970–2007
Commands heldVice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
United States Joint Forces Command
Allied Command Transformation, NATO
Anti-Submarine and Reconnaissance Forces Atlantic
Submarines Allied Command Atlantic
Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force
Submarine Development Squadron Twelve
USS Richard B. Russell
NR-1 Deep Submergence Craft
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (5)
Legion of Merit (4)

Edmund Peter Giambastiani Jr.[1] (born May 4, 1948) is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the seventh vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005 to 2007. He retired in 2007, after 37 years of service.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Giambastiani was born on May 4, 1948 in Canastota, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with leadership distinction in 1970.

Naval career[edit]

Giambastiani is pinned with the rank of admiral on September 4, 2002.

Giambastiani's operational assignments included several in which he was responsible for both demanding at-sea operations and the development of new technologies and experimental processes. Early sea assignments included USS Puffer (SSN-652) and the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657)'s blue crew. While assigned to USS Puffer, he was a 1973 winner of the Fleet Commander's Junior Officer Submarine Shiphandling Competition. He commanded the NR-1 Deep Submergence Craft, the Navy's only nuclear powered deep diving ocean engineering and research submarine and USS Richard B. Russell, where the crew was awarded three consecutive Battle Efficiency "E"s, three Navy Unit Commendations, and two Fleet Commander Silver Anchors for excellence in enlisted retention.

Giambastiani also led Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, an operational submarine squadron that also serves as the Navy's Warfare Center of Excellence for submarine doctrine and tactics. Established in 1949, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve is the oldest experimental unit of its kind in the U.S. military. He served as the first director of strategy and concepts at the Naval Doctrine Command, as well as Commander, Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force; Commander, Submarines Allied Command Atlantic; and Commander, Anti-Submarine and Reconnaissance Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia.

Giambastiani's other shore and staff assignments include duties as an enlisted program manager at the Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in the early days of the all volunteer force; Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency; and, a fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group. As a flag officer, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments for the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet; Director of Submarine Warfare for the Chief of Naval Operations; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments; and as the Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. His previous assignment was as NATO's first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and as Combatant Commander of United States Joint Forces Command, where he led the transformation of NATO and U.S. military forces, capabilities and doctrines and the introduction of new technologies, from October 2, 2002 to August 1, 2005.[3]

In 2003, in his capacity as Commander, United States Joint Forces Command, Giambastiani published a "lessons learned" report.[4] While generally praising U.S. performance it highlighted numerous incidents of friendly fire.

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, left, is sworn in as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by the chairman, Gen. Richard B. Myers, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Aug. 12, 2005.
Giambastiani in May 2007, greeting German Lieutenant General Roland Kather, commander of Kosovo Forces, at the KFOR headquarters in Film City, Kosovo, as American Brigadier General Albert Bryant Jr., KFOR chief of staff, looks on.

On August 12, 2005, Giambastiani was sworn in as the seventh Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, becoming the third naval officer to hold that position.

As Vice Chairman, Giambastiani chaired the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, co-chaired the Defense Acquisition Board, and served as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear Weapons Council and the Missile Defense Executive Board. In addition, he worked with the Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England as Co-Chair of the Deputies Advisory Working Group, which oversees implementation of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and other high level Departmental business issues.

On May 4–6, 2007, Giambastiani visited Tunisia, meeting with high-ranking military and civilian officials, including his Tunisian counterparts and Tunisian Foreign Minister Abdelwaheb Abdallah and Defense Minister Kamel Morjane. He went to the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial on the outskirts of Tunis to pay his respects to fallen U.S. soldiers who had died there during the Tunisia campaign of World War II.

On June 1, 2007, Giambastiani announced his retirement from the military to spend more time with his family and pursue other ventures.[5] He retired on July 27, 2007.[6]

Post-military career[edit]

Giambastiani's personal interests include amateur radio, for which he uses the call sign N4OC. He also currently serves as a guiding coalition member of the Project on National Security Reform.[citation needed] He also serves on the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and the Board of Trustees of the Mitre Corporation.[citation needed]

On October 8, 2009, airplane maker Boeing Co. announced that Giambastiani had been elected to its board of directors, effective immediately. The Seattle Times reported that "In a statement, Boeing chairman and chief executive Jim McNerney indicated that the addition of Giambastiani, who was the second-highest ranking officer in the U.S. military, is intended [...] to boost Boeing's influence with the Pentagon."[7]

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
US Navy O1 insignia.svg US Navy O2 insignia.svg US Navy O3 insignia.svg U.S. Navy O-4 insignia.svg US Navy O5 insignia.svg US Navy O6 insignia.svg
June 3, 1970 September 3, 1971 July 1, 1974 September 1, 1978 April 22, 1982 September 1, 1989
Rear Admiral (lower half) Rear Admiral (upper half) Vice Admiral Admiral
O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10
US Navy O7 insignia.svg US Navy O8 insignia.svg US Navy O9 insignia.svg US Navy O10 insignia.svg
October 1, 1995 August 1, 1997 May 6, 1998 October 2, 2002

Awards and decorations[edit]

Medals and ribbons[edit]

Giambastiani's medals as of July 27, 2007.

His decorations include numerous personal and unit decorations, medals and ribbons including:

Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal with four golden award stars
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Legion of Merit with three award stars
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two award stars
Gold star
Navy Commendation Medal with award star
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Unit Commendation with four bronze service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with four service stars
Navy "E" Ribbon w/ Wreathed Battle E device (8 awards)
Bronze star
Navy Expeditionary Medal with service star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png National Defense Service Medal with 2 service stars
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with bronze campaign star (1 campaign)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 bronze stars
U.S. Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon.svg Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the French Legion of Honour (elevated from Knight)
HUN Order of Merit of the Hungarian Rep (military) 3class BAR.svg Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary Commander's Cross[8]
CAN Meritorious Service Cross (military division) ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Cross, Military version (M.S.C.) (Canada)[9]
EST Order of the Cross of the Eagle 1st Class BAR.png Order of the Cross of the Eagle, First Class (Estonia) (elevated from Fourth Class)[10]
NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg NATO Meritorious Service Medal[11]
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.svg Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon


  1. ^ "Edmund Peter Giambastiani". Military Times. Sightline Media Group. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  2. ^ United States Navy (2007-04-15). "Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr.: Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  3. ^ "Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., U.S. Joint Forces Command/North Atlantic Treaty Organization". United States Joint Forces Command. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2004-06-18.
  4. ^ "hU.S. war review: Unprecedented coordination, but costly failures". USA Today. 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2022-06-11. Retrieved 2011-10-15. Too little was done to minimize incidents of "friendly fire," or inadvertent attacks by U.S. forces on U.S. or coalition troops, according to Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., chief of Joint Forces Command, which compiled the war review, known as a "lessons learned" report.
  5. ^ Shanker, Thom (June 2, 2007). "Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs Says He'll Retire in August". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-02.
  6. ^ Miles, Donna. Vice Chairman Honored for Contributions, Service. American Forces Press Service. July 27, 2007.
  7. ^ "Boeing adds former top admiral to board of directors". The Seattle Times. October 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend középkeresztje". Embassy of Hungary. October 8, 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  9. ^ Governor General of Canada, January 24, 2006
  10. ^ "Kotkaristi I klassi orden". Estonia Government. February 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-03-16. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  11. ^ "NATO's first Transformation Commander bids farewell". NATO. August 1, 2005.

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Preceded by Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command
Succeeded by
New title Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
Preceded by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Succeeded by