|CAPTAIN GEORGE GALDORISI USN-RET
George Galdorisi is a career naval aviator who completed a 30-year career, culminating in 14 years of consecutive experience as executive officer, commanding officer, commodore, and chief of staff.
During his career as a naval aviator and expeditionary warfare specialist, he completed an array of operational assignments in all five Navy fleets. After completing a tour as Test Director in the LAMPS Mk III helicopter Program Office, he was one of a small cadre of officers who stood up the Navy’s first LAMPS Mk III squadron, HSL-41. His operational assignments culminated in commanding officer tours of HSL-43, the Navy’s first operational LAMPS Mk III squadron, HSL-41, the LAMPS Mk III Fleet Replacement Squadron, USS Cleveland (LPD-7), and Amphibious Squadron Seven. His last operational assignment spanned five years as Chief of Staff for Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three, during which he made combat deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf embarked in the USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln. During this final tour he also led the U.S. Delegation for military-to-military consultations with the Chinese Navy.
He began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. He has written nine books, including (with Dick Couch), the New York Times best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film and The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph. His latest project (also with Dick Couch) is a reboot of the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Series. Additionally, He has published more than three hundred articles in professional journals and newspapers.
His work has been recognized with a number of writing awards, including the Navy League of the United States Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement as well as other literary awards from organizations such as the U.S. Naval Institute, the Surface Navy Association, the Naval Helicopter Association, the Navy League of Australia, and the Naval Helicopter Historical Society.
He is a 1970 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Masters Degree in Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. He graduated from both the Naval War College’s College of Command and Staff and the College of Naval Warfare, and in 1994 he received the Naval War College’s Admiral John Hayward Award for Academic Achievement. Additionally, he is a graduate of MIT Sloan School’s Program for Senior Executives.