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James P. Wisecup
Nickname "Phil"
Born c. 1955
Place of birth Piqua, Ohio
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1977–
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held
Battles/wars
  • Operation Desert Storm
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Awards
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three stars
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two stars
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership
  • James P. "Phil" Wisecup (born c. 1955 in Piqua, Ohio) is a Vice Admiral and Naval Inspector General of the United States Navy.

    Family and education[]

    The son of James and Bettye Ruth Bach Wisecup,[1] Phil Wisecup is a 1973 graduate of Piqua High School and a 1977 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Wisecup earned his master's degree in international relations from the University of Southern California, graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1998, and, as an Olmsted Scholar, also earned a degree from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 1982. He married Ann, daughter of François-Georges Dreyfus, professor of history and political science at the University of Strasbourg and the University of Paris IV. Admiral Wisecup and his wife have five children.

    Naval career[]

    At sea, Wisecup served as executive officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG-50) during Operation Desert Storm. As commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994), he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership in 1996. He served as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 21 during Operation Enduring Freedom after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

    Ashore, Wisecup was assigned to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, served as force planner and ship scheduler for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, and served as action officer for Navy Headquarters Plans/Policy Staff. He served as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group; was Director, White House Situation Room; and served as Commander Naval Forces Korea from 2005 to 2007. He then served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Strike Group) from 2007 to 2008.[2] Promoted to rear admiral (upper half),[3] he served as the 52nd president of the U.S. Naval War College from November 2008 until April 2011. In April 2011, he was promoted to Vice Admiral and became the 38th Naval Inspector General.[4]

    Wisecup was President of the Naval War College from 6 November 2008 to 30 March 2011.[5] He became Naval Inspector General on 18 April 2011.

    Awards and decorations[]

    Wisecup's awards and decorations include:

    References[]

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    External links[]


    Military offices
    Preceded by
    Jacob L. Shuford
    President of the Naval War College
    November 6, 2008–March 30, 2011
    Succeeded by
    John N. Christenson

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