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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Submariner to #2 Military Post?

The Guardian is reporting that Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, currently Commander Joint Forces Command (which used to be called CINCLANT, in charge of all U.S. military operations from the East Coast to the European coast) and former CO of the USS Richard B. Russell, will be nominated to the post of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the current occupant of that office, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, is named as Chairman. There are those who claim that the Russell was one of the group of submarines that was modified for "special oceanographic missions", and their Presidential Unit Commendation indicates that they were good at whatever it was they did. So, it looks like submariners will once again have a voice at the highest levels of the military chain of command.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Giambastiani as commander of DEVRON TWELVE in NLON. I.e. as a four-striper. He is most impressive and he enjoys an excellent reputation.

4/20/2005 10:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember ADM Giambastiani when he was COMSUBLANT. I was not impressed. I will never forget him telling us (all the submarine wardrooms in Norfolk assembled together at SUBTRAFAC) that the Submarine Force was going to buy each submariner their own set of tennis shoes so everyone had the shoes for underway. It seemed to me to show a very misplaced sense of priorities...

4/20/2005 11:22 AM

Blogger ninme said...

Hey Bubbles, you should rejoin and move to DC. Who knows to what dizzying heights you will rise.

4/20/2005 1:39 PM

Blogger bothenook said...

hmmmm. i can't remember, but i though capt. G. was the skipper of the parche. oh well, parche and russel were both in subdevgru one. and while i don't remember exactly the boat he was on, i remember working with him in the yards. and i also had the pleasure of shooting the breeze with him in san diego a number of years ago during one of my trips that-a-way. seemed like a pretty level headed dude.

4/20/2005 6:09 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I think that no matter what, having a "projects" guy in the #2 spot will be good for submarines.

4/27/2005 1:41 PM


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