Rear Admiral Jan Cody Gaudio USN-Ret

A graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 1969, Rear Admiral Jan Gaudio now resides in the small coastal community of Spruce Head, Maine. He serves as Town Selectman and on several community and non-profit boards, including the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Knox County Airport Advisory Council. He is also a rescue and recovery volunteer with Marine Mammals of Maine.

Until 2012, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), a global non-profit service organization. The NMCRS mission is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need.

Prior to joining NMCRS in 2006, Rear Admiral Gaudio served 34 years in the United States Navy and commanded both at sea and ashore. His last command was as the 84th Commandant of Naval District Washington, headquartered at the historic Washington Navy Yard. He was responsible for base operation support on 18 Navy installations in the National Capital Region and Maryland. He was also the first Deputy Commander, of the Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), responsible for Homeland Defense of the nation’s capital.
Rear Admiral Gaudio’s other command assignments included: Navy Region Southeast; Naval Station Mayport; and Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron-Light (HSL) 34. Under his leadership, Naval Station Mayport won the 1997 Installation Excellence Award as the “Best Base in the Atlantic Fleet and HSL34 won the Battle Efficiency “E” and the Commander-In-Chief, Atlantic Fleet award for retention excellence. A Joint Specialty Officer, Rear Admiral Gaudio served on the staffs of NATO Allied Forces Baltic Approaches, Commander-in-Chief Western Atlantic Area, and Commander, Fleet Forces Command. During the build up and execution of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF), he served as the Director, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Readiness and Force Protection. With over 3200 flight hours, Rear Admiral Gaudio holds several aviation records and is a “Triple Centurion” with over 300 shipboard landings.

A New York native, Rear Admiral Gaudio received his Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also completed a Federal Executive Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and served as the Senior Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Studies Group.
His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) and the Navy and Army Commendation Medals.
Rear Admiral Gaudio is married to the former Christy Lea Johnson of Paradise, California. They have three children and four grandchildren.  Active Duty Bio