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Edward G. Winters, III
Edward Winters.jpg
Born 1956 (age 63–64)
Place of birth Hanover, New Hampshire
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2013
Rank Rear admiral
Commands held DEVGRU
Naval Special Warfare Command
Battles/wars Operation Joint Forge
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Edward G. Winters III (born 1956) is a retired United States Navy Rear Admiral who commanded the Naval Special Warfare Command from Sept. 2008 to June 2011. He also previously served as commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group from 2003 to 2005.

Military careerEdit

Ed Winters graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 and subsequently attended Officer Candidate School in 1980. Winters then reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training at Coronado, California, and graduated from BUD/S class 112 in May 1981. Winter's first assignment was to Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 22 / SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2 at Little Creek, Virginia. In December 1983, Winters transferred to SEAL Team Six (DEVGRU) at Dam Neck, Virginia, and served till April 1989, during which time he planned, rehearsed and/or operated during classified operations including the Achille Lauro hijacking. Winters was assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in 1989 as the Joint Special Operations Command's liaison and action officer till 1991, when he was assigned as executive officer of SEAL Team Four. He later went on to receive a Master of Science degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1995. Winters served another tour with DEVGRU from February 1995 to March 1998 as operations officer until taking command of SEAL Team 4 from March 1998 till March 2000. Captain Winters then reported to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in 2001 at Fort Bragg as the deputy operations officer and completed multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2003 until 2005, Winters commanded the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. From April 2007 to June 2008 Winters deployed to Iraq as commander of the Iraqi National Counterterrorism Force Transition Team. Between September 2008 and June 30, 2011, Winters served as the commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare Command. From 2012 to 2013 he served as Director of Operations, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He retired from active duty on 31 Aug 2013 after 33 years of service.

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Awards and decorationsEdit

U.S. military decorations
Bronze oakleaf-3d
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg
Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three 5/16 inch stars
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Navy Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
U.S. Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Navy Expeditionary Medal
U.S. Service (Campaign) Medals and Service and Training Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Rifle Marksmanship Badge
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Pistol Marksmanship Badge
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
US Navy SEALs insignia SEAL Trident
United States Navy Parachutist Badge Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
United States Special Operations Command Insignia United States Special Operations Command Badge

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