Henry C. Giffin, III [USN.Ret.]
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commander, Naval Surface Force
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin, III , was born in Bronxville, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While at the Naval Academy, he was selected as an Honorable Mention " All American " in Lacrosse.
His sea duty assignment include tours of duty on USS STICKELL (DD 888) as Communications Officer/ Electronics, Material Officer/Operations Officer; on USS WARRINGTON (DD 843) as Operations Officer, on USS BLANDY (DD 943) as Executive Officer, and as Commanding Officer, USS DOMINANT (MSO 431), USS BRISCOE 9DD 977), and USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51). During these command tours he participated in Cuban Refugee, Lebanon Crisis, Counter Drug and Desert Shield/Storm operations.
Ashore, he has served in the Naval Advisory Group, Vietnam and Naval Officer Training Center, U.S. Naval Academy Physical Education Department and later as Assistant Director of Candidate Guidance; Naval Military Personnel Command as an Assignment Officer; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head, Surface Warfare Training Plans Branch, Surface Warfare Manpower and Training Requirements Division; and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Program Planning Division.
Vice Admiral Giffin was promoted to Flag Rank in July 1992 and completed his first Flag Officer assignment in November 1994 as Assistant chief of Staff, Logistics, Allied Forces Southern Europe. Assigned as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO in March 1995, he deployed to the Mediterranean as commander, George Washington Battle Group, and earned his second star in June 1995. In September 1996 he assumed duties as Deputy and Chief of Staff, United States Atlantic Fleet. He was promoted to vice Admiral and assumed command of the Atlantic Fleet Naval Surface Force of July 1, 1997.
Vice Admiral Giffin earned his Master of Science Degree in Industrial Personnel Management from George Washington University. Additionally, he graduated with highest distinction from the National War College.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Medal, the Legion of Merit with three gold stars; the Bronze Star; the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars; the Vietnam Honor Medal First Class; and various service and campaign awards.
Currently Henry Giffin manages a sales division of a NYSE company. As group leader of his division he overseas several hundred staff members. This year his division has been responsible for several hundred million in sales to the US NAVY.