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|Michael C. Colley|
February 19, 1938|
|Died||January 19, 2013
Gulf Shores, Alabama
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Vice Admiral (Ret.)|
|Commands held||USS Narwhal (SSN-671)
USS Proteus (AS-19)
Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet
|Other work||Libertarian Party|
Vice Admiral Michael C. Colley, USN (Ret.), (February 19, 1938 – January 19, 2013) was a United States Navy officer whose career included several high-ranking commands in the submarine force and elsewhere in national security positions. Since leaving the Navy, Colley was active in the national security policy and analysis field, intelligence evaluation and senior management level positions in the public sector. He served as an elected member of the Libertarian National Committee from 2004 to 2010.
Colley, born in Wheaton, Minnesota, graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy. He had sea duty assignments on several nuclear-powered submarines and was Commanding Officer of the attack submarine Narwhal. He was Commander of the Navy Recruiting Command for three years, and Deputy Commander of the submarine directorate in the Pentagon. He earned a master's degree in Computer Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School. Other operational assignments included command of the submarine tender Proteus in Guam and the Navy's largest submarine squadron in Groton, Connecticut. During the first Gulf War, he was commander of the Pacific Fleet submarine force of over 40 boats from his headquarters at Pearl Harbor. Earlier, he was Director, Division of Mathematics and Science (including the departments of math, physics, chemistry, oceanography and computer science) at the Naval Academy.
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