Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr.
Retired 1 Nov 2013
North Potomac, Maryland
Rear Admiral Wray graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979, where he was chairman of the Brigade Honor Committee and captain of the Varsity Sailing Team.
After nuclear power school, he spent four years aboard USS Mississippi (CGN 40), completing several Mediterranean and North Atlantic deployments, including duty in Beirut during the 1983 Lebanon crisis. Wray was then assigned as leading engineering officer at the aircraft carrier prototype reactors in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In November 1986 he transitioned to the Navy Reserve.
His subsequent reserve tours included USS Fahrion (FFG 22), Shore Intermediate Maintenance Facility Newport, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, 6th Fleet, and Readiness Command Northeast. He commanded five different units, and was mobilized to Baghdad in 2004, where he was the founder and chief of ops for the operation center coordinating security for reconstruction.
Promoted to admiral in 2007, Wray went back to full-time Navy duty for nearly six years. His first flag tour was as Deputy Commander, Military Sealift Command (MSC). With a budget of about $3 billion, MSC operates approximately 110 ships worldwide providing fleet auxiliary ships, prepositioning assets, special missions, and worldwide sealift. In October 2010, he was promoted and assigned to Naples, Italy as the Vice Commander, US Navy Forces Europe/Africa, and US Sixth Fleet.
In March 2011, he was assigned as the 62nd President of the Board of Inspection and Survey in Norfolk. This organization, established by Congress in 1882, inspects all ships, submarines, and aircraft carriers, and reports results to the CNO, SecNav, and Congress. He retired from that position in October 2013.
In his civilian career from 1986 to 2007, Wray had a broad entrepreneurial background, having founded and run companies in manufacturing, construction, services, energy, and information technology. Since leaving the Navy in 2013, he has founded and is CEO of the Blue Star Veterans Network, providing technology-related services to elderly veterans and their families.
Wray has a master’s degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a Staff College degree from the Naval War College. He is a licensed professional engineer, holds a patent, and has written two books. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and numerous lesser awards.
(Current as of October 2014)