Geoffrey Chesbrough

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

A native of Ohio, Rear Admiral Chesbrough U.S. Navy (Ret.) graduated the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1962. He attended graduate school at Texas A&M University, receiving his Masters Degree in Physical Oceanography. A long and distinguished naval career led him to Washington in 1990, where he served as the Oceanographer of the Navy until he retired in 1994. After retirement, he consulted on many projects including the building of a state-of-the-art Oceanographic Survey ship for the University of Hawaii.

Rear Admiral Geoffrey Lynn Chesbrough, a native of London, Ohio, attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated with the Class of 1962. As a Midshipman, he participated in Operation Inland Sea which was the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway where he visited all 5 Great Lakes in USS John W. Weeks (DD 701).

Following graduation, Rear Admiral Chesbrough reported to USS MULLINNIX (DD-944) and served in the Engineering Department. While in MULLINNIX he was part of the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He has also served at sea as the Weapons Officer in USS BRIDGET (DE-1024), as Operations Officer in USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG-5), as commissioning Executive Officer in USS KINKAID (DD-965), as Commanding Officer in USS BRISCOE (DD-977), and as Commander, Destroyer Squadron SEVENTEEN. Rear Admiral Chesbrough also served afloat as the Fleet Schedules Officer and Surface Operations Officer in the Staff of Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet and in the Republic of Vietnam with the Vietnamese Navy. In Vietnam he was an advisor and only English speaking person on the Vietnamese ship HQVN CHI LINH (PCE-11).

Ashore, Rear Admiral Chesbrough attended U. S. Naval Destroyer School, and graduate school at Texas A&M University, receiving his Masters Degree in Physical Oceanography in 1967. In Washington, he served in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Telecommunications Policy. He graduated with Highest Distinction from the United States Naval War College in 1978 and was requested to remain as part of the War College faculty in the department of Strategy and Policy. Additionally, he has served in the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Surface Warfare Readiness Officer and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander in Chief, Atlantic Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

Selected to Flag rank in November 1985, Rear Admiral Chesbrough served as the Director, Command and Control Planning and Programming Division (OP-940). In August 1988, Rear Admiral Chesbrough moved to the Republic of the Philippines and assumed duties as the Commander, Naval Surface Group, Western Pacific, Commander Surface Combatant Task Force SEVENTH Fleet (CTF 75), and Commander, Logistic Support Force, SEVENTH Fleet (CTF 73). In October of 1990, Rear Admiral Chesbrough returned to Washington and served as the Oceanographer of the Navy until he retired, July 1, 1994.

After retirement, Rear Admiral Chesbrough consulted for The Florida State University, International Institute for Climate Change Prediction, and later was employed by Strategic Insight, a Washington area based management consulting firm. In his consulting career he has provided support, analysis, and advice to The Director of Surface Warfare, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (M&RA), the Program Executive Officer for Theater Surface Combatants, DCNO for Space and Electronic Warfare, the Program Manager for the Joint Command and Control Ship, the Defense Acquisition University, and the University of Hawaii where he assisted the University in building a state of the art Oceanographic Survey ship.

Rear Admiral Chesbrough’s personal awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” distinguishing device, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and many others.

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