CAPT James P. McGrath III
Captain Jamie McGrath '90 (U.S. Navy, retired) is deputy commandant of cadets for 3rd Battalion.
CAPT McGrath grew up in Rochester, New York. He graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in history and was commissioned through Naval ROTC. He holds a master's degree in national security and strategic studies with distinction from the Naval War College and a master's degree in military history from Norwich University. He is a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer.
Initial assignments at sea included duty as first lieutenant on the USS Valdez (FF 1096) and as repair division officer and damage control assistant on the USS Mississippi (CGN 40). He served as operations officer on the USS Hayler (DD 997), participating in Operation Desert Fox, and as reactor electrical assistant on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on her maiden deployment to the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation Southern Watch. As executive officer on the USS Halyburton (FFG 40) he deployed with Standing Naval Forces Atlantic for Operation Active Endeavour supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as future operations branch head and ballistic missile defense officer on the staff of the commander of U.S. 7th Fleet forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. In December 2006, he assumed command of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 7 in Guam, where his sailors deployed supporting task force commanders throughout 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet. From 2009 to 2012, he served as assistant reactor officer on the Harry S Truman supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
Duties ashore include a year of nuclear power training before reporting to the USS Mississippi and two years at Naval Nuclear Power School. While there, he served as an instructor and division director in chemistry, materials and radiological fundamentals, where he was designated as a Master Training Specialist. He attended the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College, where he was selected as the President’s Honor Graduate. CAPT McGrath served as the liaison for the commander of Naval Forces Europe to the commander of U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, from 2012 to 2015, where he was designated as a Joint Qualified Officer. He served as chief of the Joint Exercise Division, Deputy Directorate for Joint Training, on the Joint Staff J7 in Suffolk, Virginia, where he led development of the Chairman’s Globally Integrated Exercise program.
CAPT McGrath served as a military professor in Joint Military Operations at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, from 2017 to 2019. He worked as a senior moderator and as a Fellow in the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research. He joins the Corps of Cadets staff after a 29-year naval career.
CAPT McGrath’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Third Award), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Fourth Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Second Award) in addition to numerous campaign and unit awards including six Battle “E” Awards.
He is married to the former Kirsten Clos ’90 of Glenview, Illinois. They have two grown children, Abigail ’16 and Samuel.
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