|Rear Admiral Peter A. Gumataotao
Commander (November 2011 - February 2013)
Rear Adm. Peter Aguon Gumataotao, is a native of Sinajana, Guam. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
A surface warfare officer, Gumataotao has deployed extensively to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf. His assignments include USS Bagley (FF 1069), USS Worden (CG 18) and USS Reuben James (FFG 57), which was one of two ships that accompanied U.S. Pacific Fleet on an historic port visit to Vladivostok, Russia in 1990. At Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 he participated in numerous towed array sonar research and development projects. During his executive officer tour in USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), he assumed command while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. He also commanded USS Decatur (DDG 73) and was the current operations officer for U.S. Pacific Fleet. His most recent afloat command was commodore of DESRON-31, where he oversaw eight guided missile destroyers and frigates in Pearl Harbor.
Ashore he served as the assistant surface operations officer and surface systems analysis officer at U.S. 3rd Fleet, where he oversaw the only open ocean Tomahawk Anti-Ship Missile live test shot conducted in the Pacific Fleet. Gumataotao’s other shore tours include: a fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group at the Center for Naval Analysis in Washington, DC; the congressional liaison for Surface Programs at the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; and chief of division for Current Operations for the Pacific Command headquarters. His most recent assignment was as chief of staff for Naval Surface Forces.
His first flag assignment was commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK), as the U.S. Navy representative for U.S. Pacific Fleet in Korea. He was also Task Force-78 for U.S. 7th Fleet, and the naval component commander for United Nations Command and naval component commander for U.S. Forces Korea. In addition, he was the deputy naval component commander for Combined Forces Command and regional commander for Navy Installations Command.
Gumataotao assumed his duties as commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN, November 10, 2011.
Gumataotao’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and Battle Efficiency Ribbon (two awards). He was also the recipient of the first Admiral Zumwalt Award for visionary leadership in 2001.