|RADM Luke McCollum
Deputy Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
A Texas native and son of a WWII veteran, Rear Admiral Luke McCollum is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His first assignment was in Shanghai, China, in a language study abroad program for Mandarin Chinese. He earned his designation as a qualified surface warfare officer in 1985 and holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College.
McCollum assumed duties as Deputy Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in October of 2015. His previous flag assignments were: Vice Commander, Naval Forces, Central Command, Manama, Bahrain; Reserve Deputy Director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.
He has served at sea on: USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), USS Kinkaid (DD 965) and USS Valley Forge (CG 50), which helped in the establishment of Operation Southern Watch over Southern Iraq and support of Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. Ashore, he served in the Pentagon as Naval aide to the chief of Naval Operations.
McCollum has commanded 5 different reserve units including Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron One (Coastal Riverine) where he was mobilized as commander, Task Group 56.5 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to protect the ports, waterways, and approaches to Kuwait and Iraq.
McCollum is a graduate of CAPSTONE, the Armed Forces Staff College Advanced Joint Professional Military Education curriculum and the Royal Australian Naval Staff College in Sydney.
He is the recipient of various personal decorations and campaign medals and has had the distinct honor of serving with shipmates and on teams who were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Award, and the Navy “E” Ribbon.