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Michael Gilday
Place of birth Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1985–present
Rank Vice admiral
Commands held U.S. Tenth Fleet
Fleet Cyber Command
Carrier Strike Group 8
Destroyer Squadron 7
USS Benfold
USS Higgins
Battles/wars Gulf War
War on Terror
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (3)

Michael Gilday is a United States Navy vice admiral who serves as the Commander of the Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command. Prior to that, Gilday served as the Commander of Carrier Strike Group 8.[1]

Early life and education

Michael Martin Gilday was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Massachusetts. Gilday is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy as a Surface Warfare Officer; he has also graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.[1]

Naval career

Gilday's previous tours include duty with USS Chandler, USS Princeton, as well as commanding the USS Higgins and USS Benfold and Destroyer Squadron 7 (DESRON7). He also had staff assignments on the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Chief of Naval Operation (Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate) and staff to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. His joint assignments include Naval Aide to the President and executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1][2]

As a flag officer, Gilday served as Director of Operations for NATO's Joint Force Command in Lisbon and Director of Operations for U.S. Cyber Command.[1]

On July 14, 2016, he assumed the duties of Commander, Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet.[3]

Awards and decorations

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Gold star
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Bronze star
Bronze star
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Silver star
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Surface Warfare Officer Pin[1][4]
Defense Superior Service Medal w/ 2 bronze oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit w/ 2 gold award stars Bronze Star Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 award stars Joint Service Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ "V" device and w/ 3 award stars
Joint Service Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star Combat Action Ribbon
Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 2 oak leaf clusters Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 4 service stars
Navy "E" Ribbon with wreathed Battle E device National Defense Service Medal with service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 4 service stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 1 silver service star Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon with Sharpshooter Device Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Command at Sea insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Presidential Service Badge


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Military offices
Preceded by
Jan E. Tighe
Commander of United States Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command

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