Glenn E. Whisler

Program: M.A.M.A., graduated 1972
Current position: Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (RET)

Rear Admiral Glenn Whisler has extensive experience across the full spectrum of private industry, military naval leadership and volunteer services. His active duty naval service of 28 years encompassed virtually all areas of naval and joint operations, including four at-sea commands with extensive experience in aircraft carrier battle group and amphibious task force operations. He commanded the USS Bronstein (FF1037), USS Moinester (FF1097) and Destroyer Squadron Thirty Two. His fourth command at sea was as Commander Amphibious Group Two/NATO Striking Force where he commanded an amphibious force composed of 32 ships and 15,000 assigned personnel.

Ashore, he served on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Personnel, Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.  He served as the Chief of Staff to Commander Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet and commanded the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, RI. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (5 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards) and the Vietnam Service Medal (4 campaigns).

His Naval service was followed by 17 years with Northrop Grumman Corporation as a manager, director and military advisor. In this capacity, he was responsible for advanced concepts development, weapons systems requirements and systems engineering. He was the National Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association Expeditionary Warfare Committee and was the recipient of the Association’s prestigious silver medal for his outstanding service to the defense industry.

Rear Admiral Whisler holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University (1962) and a Master of Marine Affairs (MMA) from the University of Rhode Island (1972). He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the National Defense University (Capstone).

In 2008 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Naval War College Foundation and continues today to participate in numerous Foundation committees and activities as a Trustee Emeritus.

Rear Admiral Whisler attributes much of his understanding of the oceans and our coasts to his participation in the URI MMA graduate Degree program. Shortly after earning his MMA degree, Rear Admiral Whisler was assigned by the Navy to command one of the most sophisticated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Ships built to date.

The MMA curriculum in oceanography, ocean engineering, sound propagation, underwater unmanned vehicles and seminars in Law of the Sea contributed much to Rear Admiral Whisler’s reputation as a pioneer in passive ASW.