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USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
Admiral Giambastiani serves as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and the commander, U. S.
Joint Forces Command (CDRUSJFCOM). Both headquarters are located in Norfolk, Va.
As one of two NATO strategic commanders, Adm. Giambastiani leads the transformation of NATO military structures,
forces, capabilities and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of the Alliance. As CDRUSJFCOM, Adm.
Giambastiani is responsible for maximizing future and present military capabilities of the United States by leading the
transformation of joint forces through enhanced joint concept development and experimentation, identifying joint
requirements, advancing interoperability, conducting joint training and providing ready U.S. forces and capabilities —
all in support of U.S. combatant commanders around the world. Adm. Giambastiani exercises combatant command of
approximately 1.1 million personnel through his Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service components.
Adm. Giambastiani's assignments have included several in which he was responsible for development of new technologies and
experimental processes. Early sea assignments included USS Puffer (SSN 652) and USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657). While assigned to
Puffer, he was a 1973 winner of the Fleet Commander's Junior Officer Submarine Shiphandling Competition. He commanded Submarine
NR-1, the Navy's only nuclear powered deep diving ocean engineering and research submarine, and USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687)
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.
Adm. Giambastiani also led Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, an attack submarine squadron that 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 also served as the first director of strategy and concepts at the Naval Doctrine
Command, as well as commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet ; commander, Submarines Allied Command Atlantic; and commander,
Anti-Submarine and Reconnaissance Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Va. In this last job, as the Navy's operational submarine leader, Adm.
Giambastiani focused the submarine force on the nation's new security challenges and worked to integrate submarine capabilities in Navy
and joint operations.
Adm. Giambastiani's other shore and staff assignments include duties as an enlisted program manager on the staff of 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 one-year 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, U.S. Pacific Fleet;
director of the Submarine Warfare Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources,
Requirements, and Assessments (OPNAV N8); and as the senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
A native of Canastota, N. Y., Adm. Giambastiani graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with leadership distinction in 1970. He has been
awarded numerous decorations but is most proud of the eight Battle Efficiency Es, five Navy Unit Commendations and five Navy Meritorious
Unit Commendations because they recognize the participation and accomplishments of all crew members.
|Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., USN
Fifth Commanding Officer
USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
July 1987 - April 1990