Speaker Bio

Vice Admiral John Fuller

VADM Fuller

Vice Adm. John Fuller received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Post Graduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College. He is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow.

Fuller’s sea duty tours include USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), USS Kauffman (FFG 59); Atlantic Fleet Propulsion Examining Board; Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet; USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54); commanding officer, USS Mason (DDG 87); commander, Task Group-Iraqi Maritime and deputy commander and commander, Destroyer Squadron 22.

Ashore, his tours include the U.S. Naval Academy, OPNAV and the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Staff.

His flag assignments include commander, Navy Region Hawaii/commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific; commander, Carrier Strike Group 1; director of Strategy, Policy & Plans (J5), North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; Joint Staff, J8, deputy director for Force Protection (DDFP) which included being director of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Force Protection Division, Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JRO-CBRND), and chairman of the Protection Functional Capabilities Board. He assumed duties as the 42nd Naval Inspector General in June 2021.

Awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit awards.