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Patricia Ann Tracey
Vice Admiral Patricia Tracey
Born November 30, 1950(1950-11-30) (age 71)
Place of birth The Bronx, New York
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1970-2004
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Education and Training
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)

Vice Admiral Tracey at her retirement ceremony, September 2004

Patricia Ann Tracey (born November 30, 1950) was the first American woman to be promoted to the rank of vice admiral.[1] She retired as a vice admiral in 2004. She held the positions of Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) (1996–98), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy (1998–2001), and Director of Navy Staff from 2001 until the time of her retirement on October 1, 2004. At that time, she was also the all-time senior-ranking female officer in the United States military.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Patricia Ann Tracey was born in The Bronx, New York. She graduated from the Academy of Mount St. Ursula High School in 1966 and graduated from The College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, completed Women's Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1970. She also earned a master's degree, with distinction, in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Navy career[edit | edit source]

Her initial assignment in the United States Navy was to the Naval Space Surveillance Systems in Dahlgren, Virginia where she qualified as a Command Center Officer and Orbital Analyst. Following a tour on the staff of the Commander of the Pacific Fleet, she served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Placement Officer for graduate education and service college students. From 1980 to 1982, Tracey served as an extended planning analyst in the Systems Analysis division on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff. She served as Executive Officer of the Naval Recruiting District in Buffalo, New York, until 1984, where she was assigned as a manpower and personnel analyst in the Program Appraisal Division of the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff.

Her first command tour was at the Naval Technical Training Center at Treasure Island, California, from 1986 to 1988, followed by a staff position with the Chief of Naval Personnel as the head of the Enlisted Plans and Community Management Branch. She served as Commanding Officer of Naval Station Long Beach, then the second largest homeport of the Pacific Fleet. Tracey became a Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group at the Naval War College in 1992. She was assigned as Director for Manpower and Personnel on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving in this capacity from 1993 to 1995. She subsequently served from June 1995 to June 1996 as Commander, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, home of a longstanding Navy boot camp. Tracey was nominated for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) and Director Naval Training, N7, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon in May 1996.[3] Tracey served in this position from 1996 to 1998.[4] In September 1998, Tracey was assigned as deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Military Manpower and Personnel Policy, the Pentagon.[5] In June 2001, Tracey was assigned as director, Navy Staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon.[6] She retired from this billet on September 2, 2004.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

On September 10, 1977, Tracey married fellow naval officer Richard Metzer. Now works at HP [7]

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Tracey's awards include:

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Vice admiral is the same military grade as lieutenant general in the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
  2. Tracey held that distinction until 14 November 2008 when Ann E. Dunwoody of the United States Army became the first woman in the history of the Uniformed services of the United States to reach four-star rank (General).
  3. "Navy Flag Officer Announcement". News Release No. 275-96. U.S. Department of Defense. May 13, 1996. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=881. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  4. CNET was superseded by the Naval Education and Training Command in 2003 but remained headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
  5. "Navy Flag Officer Announcement". News Release No. 493-98. U.S. Department of Defense. September 23, 1998. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=1843. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  6. "Navy Flag Officer Announcement". News Release No. 260-01. U.S. Department of Defense. June 11, 2001. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=2944. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  7. Vern Clark, Remarks Vice Admiral Patricia Tracey Retirement Ceremony, Washington, DC. Admiral Clark was the Chief of Naval Operations.

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