Carnival Corporation names Vice Admiral William Burke [’78] first-ever Chief Maritime Officer
5Dec13-MIAMI, Dec. 4 -- Carnival Corporation & plc announced today that Vice Admiral William Burke has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Maritime Officer, effective December 9, 2013.
Burke will report directly to Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew and will have oversight of the company's maritime operations around the world. He will be responsible for maritime quality assurance and policy, shipbuilding, ship refits, and research and development.
"Bill had a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, and we are excited about him joining our leadership team, especially in a key position new to Carnival," said Buckelew. "In addition, Bill has deep experience in overseeing large maritime operations, both at sea and in shipyards, and his knowledge and expertise will be a major asset. But just as importantly, he is highly respected as a dynamic leader with a strong record of building high-performing teams."
Burke had a career in the Navy spanning 35 years with extensive experience in safety, engineering, strategic planning and operational readiness. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a degree in systems engineering, he served various active duty positions around the world for the Navy.
Carnival Corporation & plc CEO Arnold Donald added, "We are excited that Vice Admiral Burke is joining the Carnival family. His leadership and deep experience will serve us well in managing our fleet of over 100 ships carrying more than 10 million guests a year."
In recent positions, Burke served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems directing the team that planned, programmed, budgeted and executed a large annual budget for Navy personnel, training, readiness, maintenance, platforms, and ordinance for all ships, submarines, aircraft and aircraft carriers, and as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics for Navy readiness and maintenance of all ships, submarines, aircraft and aircraft carriers, along with shore readiness and maintenance, logistics, and environmental and energy programs.
Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).
Together, these brands operate 101 ships totaling 208,000 lower berths with eight new ships scheduled to be delivered between spring 2014 and fall 2016.
Stockdale Lecturer Focused on Asia-Pacific Region [Harris ’78]
5Dec13-The following information was released by the University of San Diego:
A "rebalance" of U.S. military might to the Asia-Pacific region is underway and the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet explained why at the University of San Diego's 17th annual Stockdale Lecture on Nov. 7.
Four-star Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., who assumed his new command just last month, pointed out that 80 percent of the world's population lives within 100 miles of the ocean. Ninety percent of the world's commerce travels across it and 95 percent of the world's Internet traffic travels underwater. Moreover, 52 percent of the ocean is in the Pacific Theatre and more of the world's people live within it than outside of it, he said. Fifteen of the world's busiest seaports are in the Pacific and 10 of those are in China. The top 10 busiest air travel routes are also in the Asia-Pacific region, he added.
"This is why the Pacific matters," Harris told several hundred attendees at the James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium in USD's Shiley Theatre. "Our nation's security and global prosperity depend upon the ocean."
The result of this shift in global power to the Pacific has resulted in a "rebalance" of U.S. economic, diplomatic, information technology and military assets, Harris said. About half of the Navy is already in the Pacific and in another 10 years, 60 percent of its material assets will be there, he said.
"Our rebalance is real," he said, citing the movement of manpower and weapons systems such as the V-22 osprey and the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane to the Pacific region. "We are making a conscious effort to put things and people with Pacific experience forward in the Pacific where it matters."
As to specific threats in the region, Harris declared that "China is not the enemy." But he noted that China is seeking a more global presence with a growing fleet of submarines, ships and even an aircraft carrier. "That in itself is not a threat," he said, but "it behooves us to be watchful and encourage China, as we do other nations in the region, to do things in accordance with established international norms and policies."
Harris, a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has served in every geographic combatant command region and participated in major operations including Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Iraqi Freedom. With Veterans Day on the horizon, he offered a word of thanks to current veterans and some advice, both humorous and serious, for the future military officers from the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in the audience.
"Tattoos are forever," he noted, drawing laughter from the crowd. "Life is a shipwreck. Take all you can," he also said, quoting the philosopher Voltaire. "Your career is what you make it. Take every opportunity that's presented to you."
The purpose of the Stockdale Symposium is to help attendees understand some of the difficult moral and ethical issues facing military officers today. The late Admiral Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient, bore witness to the importance of studying, understanding and applying ethical principles to one's profession and the conduct of one's life.
USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the NROTC San Diego Battalion are sponsors of the symposium.
U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander to Deliver USD's 17th Annual (Harris ’78)
6Nov13-The University of San Diego issued the following news release:
Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is the speaker for the 17th annual James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium at the University of San Diego on Thursday, Nov. 7.
There will a reception in the patio of Camino Hall at 4 p.m., followed by the Admiral's talk at 5 p.m. in the Shiley Theatre behind Camino Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
"Teamwork Is a Key Guiding Principle" is the theme of his talk. He will emphasize effective partnering between diverse individuals and organizations and how coordinating all elements of national influence is deemed critical to advancing U.S. interest in the Indo-Asian-Pacific region.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet protects and defends the maritime interest of the United States in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region by providing combat-ready naval forces and operating forward in global areas to enhance stability, promote maritime security and defend the homeland.
Admiral Harris has served in every geographic combatant region and participated in a number of major operations including the S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident and the Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom operations.
Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 he was designated a naval flight officer. He has commanded the VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet and Striking and Support Forces NATO. He has attended Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Oxford University.
The purpose of the Stockdale Symposium is to help attendees to understand some of the difficult moral and ethical issues facing military officers today. The late Admiral Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient, bore witness to the importance of studying, understanding and applying ethical principles to one's profession and the conduct of one's life.
USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the NROTC San Diego Battalion are sponsors of the symposium.
Vice Adm. Harris Nominated as Pacific Fleet Commander
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Monday that President Obama has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. for appointment to the rank of admiral and for assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor.
Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.
Harris is currently serving as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon.
He would succeed Adm. Cecil Haney, who has been appointed to lead the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska. Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
The Pacific Fleet encompasses nearly 200 surface ships and submarines and nearly 1,100 aircraft from the U.S. West Coast to the Indian Ocean. It includes more than 140,000 sailors and civilians.
Harris was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and designation as a naval flight officer, he was assigned to VP-44. His subsequent operational tours include tactical action officer aboard the USS Saratoga (CV 60); operations officer in VP-4; three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 at Kamiseya, Japan; director of operations for the U.S. 5th Fleet at Manama, Bahrain; and director of operations for the U.S. Southern Command.
He commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1; Joint Task Force-Guantanamo; the U.S. 6th Fleet; and Striking and Support Forces NATO.
Harris has served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in the following named operations: Attain Document (Libya, 1986), Earnest Will (Kuwaiti reflagged tanker ops, 1987-88), Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector (Libya, 2011). For Odyssey Dawn, he served as the Joint Force maritime component commander (JFMCC) afloat.
His postgraduate education includes Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University. He was an Admiral Arthur S. Moreau scholar and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar 21 fellow.
Harris’ staff assignments include aide to commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan; special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and three tours on the Navy Staff, including deputy chief of Naval Operations for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6).
In October 2011, he was assigned as the assistant to the chairman of the JCS. In this capacity, he serves as the chairman’s direct representative to the secretary of state. He is also the U.S. roadmap monitor for the Middle East peace process.
Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including over 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (2), Defense Superior Service Medal (3), Legion of Merit (3), Bronze Star (2), and Air Medal (strike/flight). He is also a recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award and the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur Award.
Last year, Harris was the keynote speaker at the Go For Broke National Education Center’s Evening of Aloha in Los Angeles. In his speech, he said that his Japanese mother taught him to be proud of his ethnic heritage, and that he learned about the importance of giri (duty or obligation) from her.
Alumni Helping Hands
Three USNA grads (Bob Martinazzi ’91, Jay Murphy ’93 and Rob Ballister ’94) have launched USNA SICK CALL in order to foster support for graduates suffering from cancer and other serious diseases. The site can connect ill alumni with other alumni who may have already won their battles with similar illnesses. There are no dues, donations or financial obligations of any kind associated with this effort. They just want to help as many fellow alumni as possible.
Today is the final day to make nominations for Class Officers. If you are interested in a Class Officer position or want to nominate someone, please contact John Rudder at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will prepare the ballots and let you know when voting opens in August.
Also coming very soon, registration for the 35th Reunion. We hope to go live next week. More details to follow this weekend.
President, USNA Class of 1978
Class and Chapter Presidents - At this week’s Council of Class Presidents’ meeting Dave Church ’67 handed out a Position Description for a billet at the Alumni Association we are looking to fill with a Naval Academy graduate. We would like to ensure that our chapters are also aware of this position.
I am writing to ask your help in finding a superior candidate to fill this key leadership position within the Alumni Association. We seek a Director of Engagement Services – a senior operational professional to add to our seasoned Engagement team.
This position will oversee and coordinate all Engagement Division Operations across the Alumni Association and collaborate with colleagues in the Alumni Association, Foundation, and the Naval Academy. This position will also serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
We are searching for an individual who can bring the best of operations and leadership expertise, strong interpersonal skills, keen business sense, and a commitment to the Naval Academy and its alumni community. Obviously, we think Academy graduates would be ideally suited.
Information on the position can be found on our website www.usna.com under employment opportunities. Interested candidates should send their résumés and cover letter to email@example.com.
Please share this email with your classmates and chapter members – particularly anyone you know who may be interested in joining our team. This is a critical position for us. Deadline to apply is April 12, 2013.
Thank you for getting the word out. And, most of all, we are deeply appreciative of your continued service to the Naval Academy alumni community.
Lawrence Heyworth III ‘70
Executive Vice President, Engagement
U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
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