|Rear Admiral Earl L. Gay
Commander (July 2009 - July 2011)
Rear Admiral Earl L. Gay is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He completed flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in 1981. He earned his master’s degree in Financial Management from Troy State University; he is also a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Air War College. Additionally, he attended the Joint Forces Staff College in 2005. RDML Gay’s sea assignments included deployments aboard the USS Fletcher (DD 992), USS Cook (FF 1083), USS David R. Ray (DD 971) and USS Crommelin (FFG 43). He commanded the HSL-43 BattleCats, deploying the Navy’s first Armed Helo/Hellfire missile detachments. He also served as air boss, USS Boxer (LHD 4), deploying with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in 1999.
Assignments ashore include search and rescue pilot in the High Sierra Mountains at NAS Fallon, Nev., instructor pilot in the SH-60B aircraft at HSL-41, joint plans officer at U.S. Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Command and commanding officer of HSL-41, training squadron for all west coast SH-60B pilots and aircrewmen.
RDML Gay commanded the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) from March 2003 until November 2004, deploying with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following this tour, RDML Gay was assigned as the Navy’s director of congressional liaison, U.S. House of Representatives.
RDML Gay served as the 86th commandant of Naval District Washington and deputy commander, Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region.
RDML Gay assumed duties as deputy chairman, Armed Forces Inauguration Committee, Washington, in July 2008.
RDML Gay is honored to have served with numerous operational units that have been awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” .