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First Name: Bruce

Last Name: Clingan

Birthplace: Lafayette, IN, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Waid

Date of Birth: 1955

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1977 - present
Bruce Waid Clingan


Bruce Waid Clingan
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe

Bruce Waid Clingan was born (c. 1955) in Lafayette, IN, and was raised in Bellevue, WA. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and received a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. As a member of the NROTC, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1977. He is married to Brandy.

Designated a naval aviator in May 1979, Clingan flew F-14 Tomcats with Fighter Squadron 124, Fighter Squadron 114, and Fighter Squadron 211, making deployments in USS America (CV-66), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and USS Nimitz (CVN-68). He commanded Fighter Squadron 11, and after completing the Nuclear Power Program, served as Executive Officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Subsequently, he commanded the 6th Fleet flagship USS La Salle (AGF-3) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Ashore, Clingan served as a F-14 flight instructor at Fighter Squadron 124, where, as a member of the Aircrew Systems Advisory Panel, he helped Naval Air Systems Command and Grumman Aerospace Corporation develop the F-14D Super Tomcat.

Clingan's first Joint assignment was in Europe, as a member of the Operations and Readiness Branch, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, where he helped negotiate various North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)/Spanish Coordination Agreements.

After selection to flag rank, Clingan joined U.S. Central Command, serving as Deputy Director of Operations from April 2002 to May 2004 during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Clingan assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 3 / Carl Vinson Strike Group in June 2004 and served as CTF-50/152 during an extended deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. Subsequently he joined the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in September 2005 as Deputy Director, Air Warfare Division (N78B), followed by assignments as Director, Air Warfare Division (N88) and Director, Warfare Integration/Senior National Representative (N8F). Following his tour on Chief of Naval Operations staff, he assumed command of Joint Command Lisbon; Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; Commander, Allied Joint Command Lisbon; Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander, Europe.

In December 2009, Clingan began a tour of duty as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5).

On 24 February 2012, Clingan was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and assumed his new assignment as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces, Africa, and Allied Joint Force Command Naples.

Major Medals, Awards and Badge

Distinguished Service Medal (Two Awards)
Defense Superior Service Medal (Two Awards)
Legion of Merit (Four Awards)
Bronze Star Medal (Merit)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Two Awards)
Naval Aviator Badge

Honoree ID: 484   Created by: MHOH




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