Vice Adm. Mike Gilday is the son of a Navy Sailor and a surface warfare officer. He is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.
At sea, he deployed on USS Chandler (DDG 996), USS Princeton (CG 59), and USS Gettysburg (CG 64). He commanded the destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) and subsequently, commanded Destroyer Squadron 7, serving as Sea Combat Commander for the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.
As a flag officer, he served as commander Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and most recently, as commander U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S 10th Fleet.
His staff assignments include the Bureau of Naval Personnel, the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the staff of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Joint assignments include Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Naval Aide to the President.
As a flag officer, he served in joint positions as Director of Operations for NATO’s Joint Force Command Lisbon; as Chief of Staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; and as Director of Operations, J3, for U.S. Cyber Command. Currently, he is Director of Operations, J3, on the Joint Staff.
He has served on teams that have been recognized with numerous awards and is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (four), Legion of Merit (three), Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, and the Combat Action Ribbon.