Harold W. Gehman Jr., U.S. Navy retired, completed more than 35 years of active
duty in October 2000. His last assignment was as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander,
Atlantic, and as the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, one
of the five U.S. Unified Commands.
Immediately after retiring, Gehman served as Co-chairman of the Department of
Defense review of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole.
Gehman graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Industrial Engineering and a commission in the Navy from the Naval ROTC
program. He served at all levels of leadership and command and was promoted to
four-star admiral in 1996. He became the 29th Vice Chief of Naval Operations in
September 1996. As Vice Chief he was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, formulated
the Navy's $70 billion budget, and developed and implemented policies governing
the Navy's 375,000 personnel.