Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr.

Admiral GiambastianiAdmiral Ed (Butch) Giambastiani retired from active duty on 1 October 2007. He most recently served as the Nation’s 7th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second highest ranking officer in the U.S military. He currently serves as a director on a number of corporate boards, consults for numerous companies and donates a large amount of his time to pro-bono activities, studies and task forces for the U.S. Government.

While on active duty, he held extensive operational and staff assignments including command of two nuclear submarines, a submarine squadron, the Atlantic fleet submarine and anti-submarine forces in addition to commanding at the allied and joint service level. He also has extensive experience in organizations that were responsible for experimentation and change. Prior to his tenure as Vice Chairman, he served as the Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense, as Commander, United States Joint Forces Command and as NATO’s first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. While at NATO, Admiral Giambastiani led the transformation of NATO military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of the Alliance. As CDRUSJFCOM, Admiral Giambastiani was responsible for maximizing future and present military capabilities of the United States by leading the transformation of joint forces through enhanced joint concept development and experimentation, identifying joint requirements, advancing interoperability, conducting joint training and providing ready U.S. forces and capabilities. Adm. Giambastiani exercised combatant command of approximately 1.1 million personnel through his Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service components.

Admiral Giambastiani graduated from Canastota High School with the Class of 1966. He alsoGiambastiani Graduation graduated from the US Naval Academy with leadership distinction. He has been awarded numerous U.S. and foreign decorations including 12 Distinguished Service Medals, but he is most proud of his 19 unit awards and commendations because they recognize the participation and accomplishments of the entire team. Admiral Giambastiani is also the recipient of three honorary doctorates in engineering, science and engineering technology.

He is the proud son of Ed and Adele Giambastiani and the grandson of James and Anita Grilli. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children, Peter and Cathie plus a granddaughter Hannah. His sister Barbara Bartlett and family reside in Cazenovia, New York.