Scott R. Van Buskirk

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Scott R. Van Buskirk
VADM Scott Van Buskirk Official Portrait 2011.jpg
Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk
Born (1959-11-30) November 30, 1959 (age 59)
Petaluma, California
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1979–2013
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldChief of Naval Personnel
United States Seventh Fleet
Carrier Strike Group Nine
USS Pasadena
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (7)
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal

Vice Admiral Scott Ray Van Buskirk,[1] is a retired United States Navy officer who was the 56th Chief of Naval Personnel. He served as the CNP from October 2011 to August 2013, he was succeeded by Vice Admiral William F. Moran and retired after 34 years of service.[2] He is one of only two submarine officers to have commanded a carrier strike group.


Vice Admiral Van Buskirk at USS George Washington.

A native of Petaluma, California, Van Buskirk graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979, he assumed duties as the Navy’s 56th Chief of Naval Personnel on Oct. 11, 2011. His responsibilities include overseeing the United States Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command, and Naval Education and Training Command.[3]

Van Buskirk received a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and served tours in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel; and, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.[3]

At sea, he served on board USS Seawolf (SSN-575), USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716), USS Tunny (SSN-682), and USS Georgia (SSBN-729) Gold Crew, and commanded the USS Pasadena (SSN-752) and Submarine Development Squadron 12; as a flag officer, he has served as commander, Task Force Total Force; deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Effects (MNF-Iraq); commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine; assistant deputy, Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5B); deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet.[3]

Van Buskirk served as the 47th commander of the United States Seventh Fleet, forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, in 2010 and 2011, he commanded U.S. naval forces during Operation Tomodachi, providing assistance to Japan following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[4]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Submarine Officer badge.jpg1 golden star.svg Submarine Warfare insignia (Officer)[3]
Silver Deterrent Patrol badge.jpg Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia (2 awards)
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with one gold award star)
Defense Superior Service Medal
1 golden star.svgAward-star-silver-3d.png Legion of Merit (with one silver and one gold award stars)
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy Commendation Medal (with four gold award stars)
Navy Achievement Medal
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon (with three E devices)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Silver star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with one silver service star)
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
JPN Kyokujitsu-sho 2Class BAR.svg Order of the Rising Sun (Japan, 2nd class, Kyokujitsu-Jukousho (旭日重光章))[1]


  1. ^ a b 外国人叙勲受章者名簿 平成23年 日本国外務省(Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
  2. ^ HONORING THE DEDICATED SERVICE OF VICE ADMIRAL SCOTT VAN BUSKIRK by Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina on July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Official U.S. Navy bio". U.S. Navy. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  4. ^ Ryan Zielonka. "Chronology of Operation Tomodachi". National Bureau of Asian Research. Retrieved December 7, 2011.